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Would you go back to college?

Sales is a sweet addiction. If you're killing it, then going back to college just for money makes no sense. But for learning a new skill or a major would definitely be something to think about.


But given in a situation you are in now, would you consider going back?

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BigCheese
Politicker
+6
Agency Recruiter
I say yes simply because I never finished. A buddy presented a potential sales opportunity to me after my junior year and I landed it. Haven’t really looked back since. Don’t think a degree or the remaining education required for the degree is necessary for my career at this point, unless I’m looking to move up into some exec level positions that require it. I’d also just like to be able to say that I’m a college graduate. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
I feel you on there. I didn't finish my engineering degree either but I started my tech business instead. Honestly, I've learned more by doing stuff in my startup than all my school and college years combined. Not paying for that expensive piece of paper again.
BigCheese
Politicker
+6
Agency Recruiter
More power to you, and congrats. I think it’s becoming more and more apparent that knowledge gained from experience is exponentially more valuable than education in a plethora of industries/roles. 

Granted, I don’t think I would’ve been hired on to that first role without any college experience, but the degree path I was on plays little part in my current career. 
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SalesHead
Opinionated
+4
Manager, Business Development
I'm right there with you. Only did one year serious but it took me another 7 years to start my sales journey. Still though, without any degree, I have had a very successful career up to this point. 

Fast forward to today though, and I am almost wrapped with my degree in Organizational Leadership. Sure, it's tough getting school finished now in my 30s with work, family, etc...but going through business and leadership courses after having real experience, I find myself much more engaged and willing to learn as I can implement new principles every week now that I'm part of the management team with leadership aspirations. 

School is much more rewarding when it applies to your actual life. Something I couldn't get my head around when I was 18 years old 
paddy
Arsonist
+9
Account Executive
I'd die for one more victory lap in college but I'd also probably die in the victory lap.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
lmao
RampagingDog
Opinionated
+2
Recruitment Consultant
A college degree is just an expensive piece of paper.  ESPECIALLY in sales.  This isn't a career field that can be taught in a classroom.  It's all work ethic and OTJ training.  
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
100% I think that goes for a lot of skills other than being a doctor or lawyer. Most of them can be learned on own without any institution
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The_Envisioneer
Sr. Director, Sales Development
Funny that you mention that because universities introduced sales degrees years ago. Having graduated back in 2006, I think that's bogus AF, however, as a sales leader on a hiring spree I'm looking for those candidates. 
RampagingDog
Opinionated
+2
Recruitment Consultant
As someone with a multiple degrees from the school of hard knocks, I'll just throw it out there; quite often, the best sales people won't have a degree.  They're that individual that's been getting through life on their own terms. 


At my last company I saw homeless people come off the streets for an interview, land the job, and end up making 6-figures. You can't teach someone to sell in a classroom, and you certainly can't teach someone work ethic and how to do whatever it takes to get where they want to be.  It's something you've either got, or you don't.   
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poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
The only thing I'd go back for is an MBA...but it would have to be from a top-10 school. Otherwise, what's the point?
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
True. If you're not doing MBA from top university then you are just doing a marketing crash course lol
CuriousFox
Arsonist
+10
Senior Account Executive
I finished/got out and I ain't going back!

I was one of those that hated school, but loved the social aspects of college life. I also was undiagnosed with ADHD so I wonder if it would be a different experience for me now 🤔
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Saaame for me. Hated school but loved the social aspects of it. Maybe if I didn't go for engineering I'd have even enjoyed it
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
Business Development Representative
Imo college is only useful if you want to go to specific fields that require it such as engineering, medical, etc. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes, medical, lawyer and stuff. I went to college for engineering and trust me you don't even use most of the stuff that you learn
Nairobi
Politicker
+7
Business Development Representative
Oh wow, what kind of engineering did you study?
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slaydie
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
At this point, no. I did the whole college thing and it was great but it is very unrelated to sales so I don't think it added any huge value.I quite like what I am doing now anyways so I don't have the need. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
That makes sense. No need to push yourself into that shithole again lol
slaydie
Politicker
+3
Account Executive
exactly! I already got myself out of school debt, don't need to do it again haha. I've thought about getting my MBA but honestly don't think it will give me much in terms of salary increase so didn't figure it was worth it. Interested to hear if others disagree!
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Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
I see a lot of people newer to the workforce, get surprised or nervous being out on their own, and then look at going back to school as the solution. 

If you're going back or finishing up you need to be able to answer the question as to why. What will this do for you explicitly to improve you standing? If there isn't a clear answer then maybe the person is looking at school as a safety net.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Absolutely. Don't go back to school to avoid today's problems. Go back only if that's the best path that makes sense. So simple and yet so many of them get this wrong and drown themselves in debt
Telehealth_2the_Moon
Notable Contributor
+12
Director of Business Development
Yep, I used to manage a team made up of a lot of newer grads and saw a lot of people that felt the need to go back to school, I think it was mostly for the structure that it provides.
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Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
My recurring nightmare is that I am back in school to get a degree... no thank you 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Tell me about it lol
Justatitle
Politicker
+7
Senior AE
Legitimately wake up in cold sweats sometimes screaming 
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Beefany28
Politicker
+6
Business Development Representative
I am trying to pay off my student loans right now before I go back! 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Good idea before you take on some more lol
Beefany28
Politicker
+6
Business Development Representative
Yes!!! Especially cuz I am trying to go to medical school...you know it's gonna cost a pretty penny
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mallijima
Good Citizen
Account Executive
Uh, heck no!
Accidental_Sales_Guy
Politicker
+3
Account Executive, SMB
If by "go back," you mean time travel to my glory days with all my friends- then of course! 💪🍻🎉

If you mean drop a bunch of $$$ for another degree I won't use, then probably not... depends if all my friends are doing it 😁
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
The first one, yes for me too. One of the best years of my life. But that's about it. Degree is pretty useless lol
Austin
Celebrated Contributor
+6
Founder - ** ***
I barely made it out of high school. So…
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Well youre not losing out on anything as long as you dont stop learning
GDO
Politicker
+5
BDM
I somewhat have an addiction to getting degrees. And since it´s practically free to study in my country, it´s not the worst thing.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Oooo, which country are you from?
GDO
Politicker
+5
BDM
Belgium :)

I would put it in my profile as location, but it´s not possible at this time :)
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Chep
Arsonist
+9
Business Development Team Lead
If a company would paid for it I'd gladly go to grad school, but otherwise highly unlikely. Not trying to get more student loans.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
I feel you there man. No point in taking in more debt
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ChunkyButters
Opinionated
+2
AE
I finished and have two degrees. 5 years and 200k later, I'm probably using 2 classes.

I'd go back to school for an MBA....if someone paid for it or if I was being heavily incentivized by my current org.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
The last one is an option. but at this point you should try for an executive MBA
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goodculturefit
Good Citizen
Senior Account Executive
The ROI just isn't there for me. Just shooting straight, I have a bachelors that hasn't done anything for me. Luckily my parents paid for it. 

If I was going to spend 50-100K on an investment to change my life, I would buy a small business or something. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Same here. I barely use my degree either
SlideDecksAreUseless
Fire Starter
+2
AE
this is a hard no for me. I graduated and had a great experience but hated studying. The college education is overrated. I learn way more diving into real life situations and watching youtube videos than I ever did in the classroom. I would encourage my kids to go to college because you learn more about yourself and develop socially, etc. However, I do think the cost is outrageous and by the time I have kids I don't think it will be un-normal to not go to college. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
10000% agree to every single point you made above. I am of the same opinion too. I'd totally consider college and multiple degrees if the education was free like in EU or other parts of the world. It's just not feasible otherwise.
Hudsonsmom
Opinionated
+2
Area Sales Manager
I know to move up within my current company, the “old” way of thinking was if you didn’t have your MBA, you couldn’t be a manager. Complete BS, as I’ve had managers with theirs I could run circles around. I think experience far outweighs a piece of paper 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
100%. Many companies have removed the bar of having a college degree to get hired or move up the ladder now
SalesOctopus
Contributor
+1
Enterprise Business Development Representative
There is always more to learn but I believe I have the resources I need online to do so without re-enrolling in a school. Classes are helpful, but I wouldn't necessarily "go back to college" to take a class here and there to expand my knowledge. 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Agreed. Most people go to college for that piece of paper anyway. Not to learn lol
itwasluck
Good Citizen
Account Executive
I went to college specifically for sales, my degree literally sales professional sales on it. 

Wouldn't go back, 1 month on the job will teach you more than years of being in a classroom. Also, most major tech companies have now removed the need for a formal degree so no point going back to negotiate a higher base salary. Performance pays.
poweredbycaffeine
Politicker
+7
Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Going back to negotiate a higher base as a rep sounds like a waste of time. However, if you want to get out of sales and into operations, consulting, etc, you will most certainly need to get an MBA or advanced degree of some variety to give you the skills and talent network you need to make that move.

Is your degree undergrad? If so, what school did you get it from?
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Agreed to some extent. If you're joining a consulting company then you might need a degree, yes. But not if you're starting your own consultancy. In that case, their experience and network will fuel the initial few deals
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Agreed, I am of the same opinion. Degree is not a bar for me either when I hire
westcoastbestcoast
Fire Starter
+1
Account Executive
Would go back to take specific classes, but not sure about a full degree...

Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yeah, specific courses >> Degree
dryspongebob
Opinionated
+1
Business Development Manager
Yeah, the degree I have is pretty much useless.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Lol, what is it?
ChiefGreef45
Catalyst
+5
Account Executive
I could not wait to start working when I was a senior in college. Seeing what professors did for a living was nauseating to me considering how much time and effort was needed to juggle teaching students, as well as continuing their research (I majored in Economics).  

I considered going back for an MBA, but I know if I work hard and continue to focus on getting a little bit better everyday, whether that be physically, emotionally, spiritually, or professionally, things will fall in place.  
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
You could've not said it better. Best way to lead life is through a path of self learning and exposure
AnfieldDevil
Senior Account Executive
What is this college you speak of?
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Tis the place where you spend 10x more money than you have for a piece of paper
DJSpence
Catalyst
+5
Sales Director
Anyone who said yes to this question is < 2 years out of college.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Lol, true
BlueJays2591
Politicker
+6
Business Development Manager
Went back for my MBA starting last year. Sucks but worthwhile 
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Any use after graduation? In salary hike or role change?
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SportSalesPro
Good Citizen
Account Manager - Event Sales, Partnerships, & Premium Hospitality
Yes, in grad school now so I can teach as an adjunct
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
Yes thats good. Plus I don't think you would be paying too much for it if you're a TA
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
I just hated being poor and making $35k a year working a part time job.
Ace
Arsonist
+9
CEO
I feel you on that
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