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I think it's important to look at your vocational calling in life rather than how much money you want to make. You will be much more satisfied with your job, your life, everything, if you're working in a field that fulfills you spiritually and intellectually. I have a degree in Religion and Philosophy and I have a Masters of Divinity as well. I've been working for 12 years in my field of ministry now and am making around $47,000 a year. I will never get rich doing what I do, but I make ends meet AND I love going to work every day. I feel like I'm making a difference in the world and I'm doing what God created me to do.
I have many friends who chose careers based solely on the possible salary upon graduation and they have floundered and struggled ever since because they hate their jobs and feel like their lives have no meaning. Money is important, but it's not even close to being everything!
Straight of highschool I went into the trades. You can't outsource your furnace repair to China. I earn more than friends with bachelors and master degrees. Sad but true. Stay diversified!
My dad was right; Develop a skill that people need and you will always have a job. Liberal arts and social studies are very self-fulfilling, but do not manufacture or repair anything.
Skill sets are what get you employed, not knowledge.
This article IS demeaning to people who work in Retail. I work with alot of wonderful, intelligent people in the Retail field, and have for 26 years. Believe me, it's not easy! Beside all the physical work that goes into it, there is the fact that on a daily basis, we have to deal with people who think we are inferior to them. SImply because of where we work! We have to put up with the rudest, most ignorant, and obsene "educated" customers you could possibly imagine.
Sorry, world. I'm an artist and a writer and I CANNOT STOP. I will NEVER be a doctor or a nurse, so the world is just going to have to LIVE WITH IT.
Again, my apologies to a very strange world.
As an English and Professional Writing dual major, I can attest to the desperate need at companies for people who can actually communicate well in person, on the phone, or on paper. It's astounding how many job offers I've received just because I can write an e-mail and sound half intelligent. I will also argue that my majors enhanced my skills of laying out an argument and communicating new ideas.
Having said that, I graduated high school in 2004. College was not an option, it was a requirement for a job. On my way out of high school, I was encouraged on all sides to study what I love - if you were truly passionate about it and studied hard, a job would be no problem. In college, hardly anyone gave much thought to what they would do after graduation. The focus was on grades, papers, socializing, etc. What high schools and colleges need to step up and do is implement vigorous internship programs. Coming out of college is like trying to get a mortgage with no credit - everyone wants 2-4 years experience to start out, even for a secretary job.
I chose a state school due to lower cost and hunkered down, graduating summa cum laude. Still, finding a job was daunting and nigh impossible (I ended up painting the inside of my high school for 4 months until I landed my first full-time gig as a copy editor at a newspaper - $22K a year for 60 hour work weeks, and 1 week of vacation after a full year of employment). I've since moved to a larger city and am establishing myself quite well. I feel that I am now on the right track, but worry about the future (house? marriage? kids? we'll see...). I graduated high school only 8 years ago, and college 4, but sadly this discussion on student loans and relevant majors didn't take hold until quite recently, and those of us who are "recent" college graduates are looked down upon for taking such "wasteful" courses.
High schools need to get kids focused on what they are talented at and, yes, what they enjoy doing (you can make money and still like your job). The high school should then be aiding the kids on making a field choice for a career, and offering suggestions based on that for schools, employment opportunities in prospective areas, etc. Colleges should then emphasize internships to a much larger degree - free work for companies, great experience for students.
I suppose that, based on the comments i've seen, it is a bad idea to point out that just because you major in something doesn't mean that you have to ONLY do activites associated with that.
For example, I majored in chemistry but I minored in music, spent 3 years in college playing in the wind ensemble, 2 years in the marching/athletic bands, accidentally eaned a minor in history just by taking interesting courses to prevent a science over load. The point of studies like this is to say that if you are going into one of these feilds you need to either be able to pay in full with little to no loans or double up and make yourself interesting on paper. A business major with graphic design skills for example is more versitile than either on their own.
And for those bemoaning that society has sold its soul because of the emphasis on hard science and business.............when has an artist cured cancer? Not to say there isn't value to art but.....still think about it objectively
Tell the writer at Kipplinger to find a new career. It's up to the individual to make something of themself. They should not be defined by their degree. As it is, higher education is now out of reach for many due to colleges not reigning in their administrative costs and other expenses like pensions. It's a big racket. In my last year of college 30 plus years ago it cost me $7,500 for the year. Now it cost $50,000 a year and the college has the gaul to hit me up for donations. The heck with that.
There's a saying: "If you think education is expensive, consider the price of ignorance." We are paying that price now. Would help this country greatly if more Americans had studied the liberal arts, particularly history, sociology, political science, and psychology. I guarantee you, Americans wouldn't have gone along with the surveillance, the destruction of our civil liberties, the dismantling of our Constitution, the outsourcing of our jobs to third-world-countries, etc., if they'd were well-educated in the above subjects. Study some history and sociology and learn about how peoples all over the world and all throughout time have lost their freedom the way Americans are now losing it due to their own ignorance. It's amazing how history repeats itself when nobody listens.
I suppose this is why the following is also true: disdain for the arts is one of the early warning signs of fascism.
It's just so much easier to oppress the "money-motivated" Accounting majors. They don't have lofty ideals of making the world a better place. They simply think about themselves, their money and their potential to make more money, so of course they can be easily manipulated. Americans have made a decision to reward thugs without ideals, compassion or love for their fellow human beings.
People get the governments they deserve.
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