Maybe it’s a running joke among your friends. Or maybe you’ve read several online articles about it. Either way, you probably know that certain bachelor’s degrees are commonly thought to be “worthless”.

Some fields just don’t require a degree as much as they do plain skills and experience (music, theatre arts), which has led some people to see these degrees as a waste of resources.

Then there are certain degrees that may seem too general (history, philosophy) to compete with specialised degrees (law, engineering), and those that are so specialised that there are too few jobs for them (art history, anthropology).

There are also degrees that require you to pursue further education in order to work in your favour.

For example, you can’t become a psychologist even if you have a psychology degree—you’ll have to get a doctoral degree for that.

You could be a counsellor or social worker, but if that wasn’t your original plan and you don’t have the means to carry on studying, you may find yourself stuck.

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As it is, the cost of education is high, so it can be worrying that the piece of paper you get at the end seems unneeded, or worse, leaves you with a bill you can’t pay off—especially since degrees are meant to increase your opportunities and earnings.

The good news is, a “worthless” degree can open more doors for you than you think.

“No degree is worthless, and you should take actionable steps towards your career goals regardless of your discipline [to make the most of it],” says Rasidah Mohamed Rasid, Senior Career Coach at Workforce Singapore.

Here are four tips from career coaches on how to sell it right.

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