A College Education is What YOU Make of It

  1. gmwilliams profile image85
    gmwilliamsposted 2 years ago

    Numerous news reports and magazine articles decry the high unemployment rate of recent college graduates.  If they are not unemployed, they are usually underemployed, especially if they major in liberal arts, the humanities, and social sciences such as psychology and sociology.   Many pundits observed this, remarking that a college education is a waste at best and a worthless scam at worst. 

    However, those who majored in the hard sciences, business, engineering, computers, mathematics, medicine, and the health sciences have little to no problem obtaining post-graduate employment.   Those who majored in the softer subjects bemoan that they cannot find suitable jobs after graduatiion.  They believe that their college education wasn't worth it.  But it was THEY who choose majors/fields with a low marketability rate.  If one elects to major in philosophy, unless he/she obtains a Ph.D in Philosophy and become a professor, a philosophy degree is next to useless.   

    A person attending college should research a field and/or major as to its marketabiility rate in a society.  A liberal arts degree has been deemed low market value since the 1970s; however, there are those who persist in majoring in liberal arts and related fields despite the fact that there are very few jobs in such fields.  In essence, it is the FAULT of the COLLEGE GRADUATE who elect to major in such futile majors/fields yet bemoan that he/she is either unemployed or underemployed.   Let's discuss this.

    1. Kathryn L Hill profile image85
      Kathryn L Hillposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Not all young adults are cut out for the hard subjects. Not all have the aptitude, or the energy or the interest. What about those who love psychology or philosophy. There are many directions to take no matter what your degree is in. If you want money, major in business.

      If you want a more open end kind of a life persue what you love.   And keep pursuing what you love. The trade off is you might have to settle for a job where you earn less money. You may not be able to afford a house or even a car. Oh well. The bus is fun too.

      When you get tired of poverty-city, mentor with a business man, learn quick books and marketing and get into business. Its never too late for that.

  2. psycheskinner profile image80
    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago

    Actually we are over-supplied in many hard science areas right now.  So students in subjects like veterinary medicine are finding they cannot get jobs.  Supply and demand.