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So I've been in the field for four years now, I've been involved in manufacturing (while a student) and I'm worrying if I pursue a non-science major my four years would be for nothing?

Specifically, I have four years experience in a tissue bank/medical device company and the way I got this job was just timing and connections to be honest. At first, I honestly just needed a job and was told about an opening. I wasn't interested in any specific field at the time and luckily I was given the job starting off as a technician.

Fast forward four years I was promoted to a supervisory role but I am also still a student. I was thinking of majoring in Economics before I realized how far I came in this position. I've already applied to schools to transfer to as a junior Econ major for the Fall of 2016. The thing is I also just interviewed for a different position at another biotech company. If they give me a job offer, I'm not sure if I'd be able to continue school full-time.

My heart is always in my work no matter what I do, but the thing is I'm not sure if I should use my four years to my advantage and major in life sciences, or just go for the Econ degree.

I feel like I shouldn't waste this opportunity because I know many people WITH degrees who would die to get my experience but at the same time, I just don't feel I'd be able to do this long-term.

How do you think I should approach this? What am I not considering? I guess I just need like a second voice in my head.

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Renee Dale

I dont see how it would be a waste. You can always do some bio/health-econ interdisciplinary work. I am sure economists are interested in the economics of biology and health sciences, and in that case you would be an asset. Diverse applicants are always a plus.
Or do something completely different. Knowledge and experience are never wasted. It will always be useful for understanding the news or talking to friends and loved ones about related topics.

Answered 3 months ago

Renee Dale


The science field is so broad. With experience and education you can transition and move around various branches of science. However, don't pursue a field you can't see yourself be in for long term. If you don't have a passion in the field you won't get far and you'll be relying on luck. I feel like that's just not as rewarding as you probably want your career life to be. Ask yourself what your ideal job position is and set a path for that. Put aside your current job & your degrees for a second and reflect what your ultimate goal is. Sometimes what you have now and in short term can be really distracting. Also, there's no such thing as a wasted opportunity. You can use your job experience as a stepping stone for any position if you word it right on your resume.

Answered 6 months ago