Is it acceptable to work a job that has nothing to do with your degree?

After college I spent 2 years working in frustrating Advertising/Marketing jobs that were stressful and did not pay well. Now I work in an unrelated office job that pays well, is quite a bit less stressful and is in a great location. The job is not going to get me anywhere, but I was so unhappy in the other jobs, I would draft letters of resignation to cheer myself up. I guess I am using this time to figure out what the hell I want to do. I have a degree, and I'm very creative, but it's competitive and cutthroat, and I'm not up to it. Does this make my life wasteful?

Asked By: elsaschneider - 8/1/2007
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Not at all. When most people start college, they have no clue what they want to do. Once you finally decide on a major, take the courses pertinent to you, it takes almost 4 years (or more in most cases!) By then you are a different person, so you may not find the same things stimulating and enjoyable. I think that if... More
Answered By: coopermom2006 - 8/1/2007
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Of course and many, many people do it.
Answered By: Boo - 8/1/2007
Of course its okay! Its typically the only way people are able to work - is if they are working outside of their field... More
Answered By: Amy - 8/1/2007
Hardly, a majority of people I know have jobs and careers in fields that don't relate to their degrees. I wouldn't worry too much as long as you're happy and financially stable. Stress can take it's toll. In your spare time, you should be making new contacts with people in your actual field and try volunteering for... More
Answered By: lynnguys - 8/1/2007
It's important to be happy. Many people get degrees and never spend a moment in a job related to their degree. What a degree should do for you is "open doors" and show that you can accomplish a task that requires a bit of time... More
Answered By: i_wanna_fukulikeananimal - 8/1/2007
Acceptable. To work a job that has nothing to do with degree or by far worser than the degree is worth is common in the world except for some developed countries.
Answered By: Jim - 8/1/2007
Life is only wasteful if you've wasted it. And from the way it sounds, you haven't. You have great accomplishments under your belt already. Now, it's just time to build on that. Define what you want out of life. Learn from someone who is doing that. Then go out and do what they did. Define, Learn, Do.
Answered By: Brzo Biciklo - 8/1/2007
Of course it is acceptable otherwise there would legions of unemployed English, History and Political Science majors. What you choose to do with your life is your decision don't feel you are wasting a degree if what you studied doesn't make you happy or the money you need to make.
Answered By: Seano - 8/1/2007
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Answered By: simran s - 8/2/2007
yes its acceptable to have a job not related to your degree; I graduated with a zoology degree but ive been in pharma sales for more than 12 years now and im doing great and happy with my job... More
Answered By: yeye28 - 8/4/2007
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