Can having a bachelor's degree work against your career mobility?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by JesseJB, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. JesseJB

    JesseJB Senior member

    Messages:
    1,353
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle
    Getting an entry level job out of college is easy. But it seems like the mid-level jobs are reserved for people who do not have degrees (maybe it appears that they will stay with the company for a very long time?). In my case it seems I can get interviews for tons of high-level positions (only to be edged out at the last minute to older workers with more experience). I cannot seem to grow out of my entry-level call center purgatory (its been 5 years now). What to DO?
     


  2. Connemara

    Connemara [URL='http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jST2Sv63WQ']

    Messages:
    39,489
    Likes Received:
    1,724
    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2006
    ...huh?
     


  3. greekgeek

    greekgeek Senior member

    Messages:
    2,817
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2008
    +1
     


  4. Blackhood

    Blackhood Senior member

    Messages:
    2,904
    Likes Received:
    364
    Joined:
    Feb 5, 2010
    Location:
    Cambridge, UK
    Maybe your degree isn't a substitute for actual experience?
     


  5. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

    Messages:
    20,008
    Likes Received:
    97
    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2004
    Location:
    New York City / Buenos Aires


  6. Reborn

    Reborn Senior member

    Messages:
    700
    Likes Received:
    9
    Joined:
    Dec 17, 2007
    This thread should be titled "Why am I not promotable?"
     


  7. Gibonius

    Gibonius Senior member

    Messages:
    11,390
    Likes Received:
    4,276
    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Location:
    Suburban Sprawl Sector 3, Maryland
    Sounds like an IT worker with a comp sci degree?
     


  8. sinnedk

    sinnedk Senior member

    Messages:
    12,216
    Likes Received:
    2,430
    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2010
    Location:
    San Francisco
    its not your degree, thats never the issue, maybe relevant experience is the issue
     


  9. Milpool

    Milpool Senior member

    Messages:
    921
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2010
    I would say the undergrad major can and will work against you moreso than having vs not having a bachelors degree.
     


  10. JesseJB

    JesseJB Senior member

    Messages:
    1,353
    Likes Received:
    3
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2006
    Location:
    Seattle
    Sounds like an IT worker with a comp sci degree?

    Worse. Communications. Call center purgatory. No way out.
     


  11. Eason

    Eason Bicurious Racist

    Messages:
    14,669
    Likes Received:
    1,901
    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2007
    Location:
    Bangkok
    I'd say they'd reserve those jobs for people without degrees because they know it's the best that person will get, so will be more likely to stay. You, with your big shot "University" degree, will go and become a trillionaire after being promoted!
     


  12. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

    Messages:
    4,645
    Likes Received:
    32
    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2008
    Worse. Communications. Call center purgatory. No way out.
    As dead-end as it gets.

    I'd say they'd reserve those jobs for people without degrees because they know it's the best that person will get, so will be more likely to stay. You, with your big shot "University" degree, will go and become a trillionaire after being promoted!
    +1. Nobody wants to train you and then have you leave for a better job.
     


  13. giraffe lookout

    giraffe lookout Senior member

    Messages:
    142
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Location:
    Utah
    Sounds like you either need to leave Seattle or start thinking about your Master's.
     


  14. HEWSINATOR

    HEWSINATOR Senior member

    Messages:
    1,050
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2006
    Location:
    Edmonton
    I don't think we have such degrees here in Canada, if we do, not very many places would seem to offer them. What ever happened to the standard degrees? Commerce, Engineering, Sciences, etc...? I had to google it to find out what the degree was. You need to have a degree in how to work at a call centre?
     


  15. hrb

    hrb Senior member

    Messages:
    550
    Likes Received:
    6
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    mm, UofC, SFU, Ryerson, all have communication programs.

    I don't think we have such degrees here in Canada, if we do, not very many places would seem to offer them. What ever happened to the standard degrees? Commerce, Engineering, Sciences, etc...? I had to google it to find out what the degree was. You need to have a degree in how to work at a call centre?
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by