VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
A dentist had a sink backed up in his office and he couldn't treat patients w/o having it fixed. He called a plumbler who fixed in about half an hour and gave the bill to the dentist. The dentist looked at the bill and exclaimed "$250 for half hour's work!?!?!? That comes out to $500/hr! Even I don't make that kind of money!!!"
The plumber smiled and answered "Yes, I know! I used to be a dentist!"
If 50K is considered high pay these days we have more serious problems.
You know...Once upon a time [60's-70's] the City of New York had some of the finest Vocational High Schools in the nation. Just to mention a few, there were schools like - Aviation High School in Queens. Many of their graduates went to serve our nation's Air Force, others went on to work for Boeing, McDonald Douglas and near by [Long Island] Grumman Corp. Then there was Alfred E. Smith and Samuel Gompers High Schools in the South Bronx, where students were taught everything related to the Automotive and Electronics trades, respectively. Heck, there was even a Food & Maritime High School in Manhattan, where students learned the culinary trade or maritime trade. Many great chefs got their start there, and the others became merchant marines. The best part of vocational schools – because their students looked forward to learn a trade, their drop out rate was low.
So what happened to most if not all NYC Vocational High Schools? Truth be told - the “liberals” decided Vocational High Schools were bad, and that all students, including those NOT at all interested in college, be it for financial or intellect reasons, had to take high school courses designed to prepare them for college.
Results: Drop-out rates INCREASED, and of those who did continue on to college under the city's OPEN ADMISSIONS PROGRAM, many had to take Remedial English and Math courses because – Duh, their reading and math level(s) was NOT up to college level.
Why settle for some guy who doesn't even have a bachelors, when you can pick from 100 applicants with a masters AND pay them a janitors wage because they'll take anything, it's a win/win for the employer.
Degrees might be helpful, but there needs to be a master plan for going into a career. One important factor is where you attend school and the network that will start you down the career path. Many times relationships developed in higher education endure the rest of your professional life and the importance of these is often undervalued.
In an employment environment many times its not "what you know but who you know" that gets you in front of the right people.
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