Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Expensive?

A college degree, I mean.

I'm afraid it's become an unnecessary expense.Once upon a time, a college degree made you an educated person.  You were worth hiring.  You learned critical skills.  Nowadays, not so much.

And a law school degree is also descending into irrelevance.

It's an entertaining discussion.  From the comments:

What would happen if they lower the salary of a women's studies professor? Would she take a job in private industry bitching at men?

Absolutely.  And she'd be well paid to do it.

5 comments:

paul mitchell said...

Sorry, I gotta do it.

That private sector job is already filled, the title is WIFE.

creakypavillion said...

I saw an ad today for a position of Senior Interior Designer in a AEC company, with all responsibilities and skills implied by this position, able to manage projects with $ multi-million budget; first requirement being a Masters degree. And the offered salary:$50,000.

In NYC.

2 years ago it has been a min of 150K.

I'm sure they'll be buried under a mountain of applications now.

So yes, degree is not everything..but w/o it your resume will not be even in a "maybe" pile.

creakypavillion said...

I saw an ad today for a position of Senior Interior Designer in a AEC company, with all responsibilities and skills implied by this position, able to manage projects with $ multi-million budget; first requirement being a Masters degree. And the offered salary:$50,000.

In NYC.

2 years ago it has been a min of 150K.

I'm sure they'll be buried under a mountain of applications now.

So yes, degree is not everything..but w/o it your resume will not be even in a "maybe" pile.

miriam said...

There are plenty of opportunities in the private sector to make a good living promoting diversity, women's rights, etc.

Businesses are always sponsoring seminars and workshops in "sensitivity," "fairness," and "minority concerns."

miriam said...

Tat: The bad job situation distorts the market. During the Depression, I'm told, you needed a PhD to get a job as a floorwalker in a department store. That doesn't mean it's fair, or that the PhD will make a better floorwalker.