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.
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.
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.
by Grace Marguerite Williams 8 years ago
InstancesSince the 1970s, it has been said that the regular bacculaurate degree has become equivalent to a regular high school diploma. In the late 1970s, many college graduates, especially those with liberal arts and humanities degrees, were either unemployed or underemployed. ...
by mpchekuri 10 years ago
I just want to know if there is any university to teach ethics to be followed by human beings. I would be surprised if one exists.
by cgcorey 8 years ago
What can educate a person more, a college book or a life experience?Is college for everyone? Whose to say that learning from mistakes made from experiences in the field isn't the key to success??
by Paul Swendson 9 years ago
In a world where a college education becomes increasingly mandatory, do you think that people have a right to an affordable college education (or to an education at any level)?
by professorjeff 8 years ago
There's a lot of talk about education. Get a college degree and you've saved the day. It's the end-all and cure-all. A formal education is critical to your sustained achievement. But is the bachelor's so super, man? Not a lot of surveys going out to grads asking critical questions about degree...
by marinealways24 10 years ago
I have been called illiterate and corrected on punctuation many times. I have been told to go to college. I have been given many book suggestions by the college educated who believe I am ignorant because they have a better title than me.Tell me why your degree is smarter than me. I don't like to...
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