Smooth Community College Transfer to Bellevue University

by A Guest Author

My Gulliver’s Travels of Education and Career

I’ve made it my mission and passion to do my best to inform students of things I wished someone had told me when I was embarking on my college adventure and future career endeavors.  My folks did not go to college, but encouraged my brother and I to go.  Actually, they brainwashed us into thinking it wasn’t an option not to go, but I digress.   By the time I was a senior in High School I was still frantic that I did not know what I was going to major in at college.  Literally unaware of where else to go, I went to the High School Guidance Counselor and I’m not really sure what occurred, but I do remember feeling just as lost as when I went in.

Hopefully, that did not happen to you.

Then, I settled on majoring in Psychology solely because people often came to me for advice and my dad said I was good at it so why not major in Psychology?  Now then, to choose a college or University, I chose a local University because it was, well, local.  I don’t recall ever talking to an enrollment counselor or advisor; perhaps my folks did that for me.  So, for the next year I studied Psychology and then I met my future husband who was military. After completing 2 ½ years of college we married and moved to another state.  I visited the local University and was told that a lot of my credits would not transfer and I had to take a whole year’s worth over!

Being young and naïve and not having anyone in my life to tell me any different, I accepted this egregious situation and spent the time and money doing over an entire year’s worth of credits.  I’m still bitter by that.  I completed my Bachelor’s of Psychology (finally) and while working (not in my career field) my manager says to me “We’ve got a Human Resources Manager position opening up and I think you’ll be great at it, it pays $75,000.”  Needless, to say I didn’t get the position (that is because I didn’t have any experience in HR.)  By now I decided I’d be going to get my Master’s in HR because it pays well.  So, after 2 more years of school I finally have my Master’s degree, and I think it’s my golden ticket to that $75,000 paycheck.   Wrong.  First of all, I applied to all sorts of jobs and the first job I got was using my Psychology degree in Social Services.  Then, when I started trying to get an HR job again the pay was less than what I was currently making because I didn’t have any experience in HR.  So, I stayed in Social Services even though that pay was an insult.  Yes, I did get promoted quicker than others once I was trained because of my degrees, but in my 24-25 year old mind I was peeved that I had to start with such low pay with a Master’s degree!

Fast forward to the future, I’ve now worked as a Career Counselor, Enrollment Counselor and now a Relationship Manager between Community Colleges and Bellevue University.  My eyes have been vastly opened to the resources that were available to me that I didn’t know existed.  I also came to realize that not all schools are the same.  Had I known I could shop around I wouldn’t have lost a year of credits, aargh! My children will know the secret formula: The secret formula is education + experience (whether internships or volunteer work) = mid to upper level career entry and pay.  I will shout from the rooftops about free resources both at Community Colleges and Universities like Career Services.  They have Career Coaches that gladly and painlessly do a career assessment on you to help you find your way.  There’s free tutoring both on campus and online and a Writing Center to help you with your papers, just to name a few.

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Angela Olesen

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Tina Min October 10, 2012 at 5:34 pm

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