Going back to school is definitely part of my plan eventually, but in my experience, unless you want to get into a very specific field, just having a degree is what's important. I've worked in museums, worked for profitable websites, worked in offices, and worked at Trader Joe's, so I've done a little bit of everything. If a job listing just says "college degree required", I'm qualified.
EDIT: Also, history degrees lend themselves to becoming a teacher. If I went back to school and got my teaching certification, I would be able to find a job in no time. North Carolina is desperate for young, male teachers who can be a positive influence on the male students. I have friends who went right into teaching when they graduated, and they have great job security, and the hours are awesome.
They both have large academic fields connected to them. If a person is choosing to be an English or History major, they likely are planning on working in those fields, teaching, or prepping for continued ed. For English, there's also MFAs, folks who want to pursue creative writing of some sort.
Basically I was in charge of a bunch of really cute 18-22 year old girls, running the library on the nights and weekends. Very fun.
Unfortunately, the summer has basically no hours for my position, my lease was up, and my best friends were leaving, so I moved on as well. Since I didn't go to JMU, honestly I can't even tell you much about what the place is like now versus how it used to be. I can tell you that I went to a bunch of awesome parties in Hunters Ridge though.
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University of New Haven
Class of 2005
BS in Criminal Justice
Class if 2007
MS in Criminal Justice
If I had to do it over again, I might major in something different since I don't even work in my field of study (though I'm happy where I work).
I thought you told me you worked for SLED