I asked around only to be told that my associates degree is a stepping stone and that I should further my education because this alone will not land me a job in that field. However, I have found that there are things that can be done with this degree.
#1 Freelancing. There are many sites and companies that will gladly take your writing skills and turn them into profit.
Some companies don’t have the time to deal with tedious hours of reading and writing and will hire you to do it for them. Other sites will provide the subject in which they want you to write and pay you for it!
#2 Intern. Who wants to work for free? No one, but internships can give you the opportunity to get your foot in the door, learn, network, show off your skills, and be apart of company without having to have a bachelors degree just to be hired.
A lot of graduates spend years in college only to never work in the field they’ve obtained their degree in. Taking this route may also save you the heartbreak in the event you find that this may not be something you want to do.
#3 Receptionist/Clerical. On just about every job description that I have seen involving customer service, it reads: “Must have excellent communication skills”. Not only do you possess those skills, you have a degree in it! Be proud to put that on your resume.
#4 Public Relations Assistant. There are many PR companies that are willing to train new graduates. You will gain knowledge in advertisement, coordinating events, PR campaigns, product promotion, and more.
My goal has always been to write. Toward the end of me completing the requirements for my degree, I was wondering exactly what I wanted to do with it. Who will I work for? What will I write? I learned that I did not need a degree to write. The knowledge I acquired from school allowed me to broaden my writing skills and start freelancing! I can write what I want and get paid to do it. Also, having published writing samples in the field that you are trying to work in will look good to potential employers.
Even if someone tells you that this degree will get you nowhere, don’t let that hold you back. If you have the attitude that you are just as good as the next person and have the skills to back it up, get out there to see what you can do. There is a difference between knowledge and education. Any knowledgeable person can be prosperous with little or no education. Bill Gates, who dropped out of college had insight, motivation, and drive to get to where he wanted to be. Anyone who is willing to put in the work can too.