samhill wrote:… the problem becomes since there are so few jobs in many fields by the time you get your degree (especially a 4 year degree) the jobs that were hot are by then all filled.
So the only jobs still open are to TEACH whatever you have a useless degree in, like Sports Management – hence the prevalence of degree programs for which there is no redeeming social value.
coalnewbie wrote:Most of these degrees are completely useless and just inflate a mostly useless education academia … Liberal arts is a disaster and at best just graduate commie loving derelicts. Science is the only way to go.
I regret that I can’t argue with all that CN says, like I usually do.
But liberal arts can be valuable if you also get specific training in some field. For example I attended a liberal arts college but was self-taught in computer science at the same time. My college roommate majored in English and became a lawyer – as he explained it, words are the tools of a lawyer’s trade, so while his BA by itself was worthless, the study involved in earning it was very useful.
coalnewbie wrote: Most parents just want the kids to graduate but with no real investigation of job prospects.
“College” as an end in itself has been vastly over-sold and – sorry to sound elitist, but many kids are not equipped to get much benefit from it and wind up just learning (finally) what they should have absorbed in high school. Especially with for-profit schools that profess to teach specific job skills, you have to be VERY careful that they are providing the actual skills that are needed, PLUS access to the required in-service training for a field like nursing or medical lab which you WILL NOT get any other way than through the school.