VIDEO ON MSN MONEY
Doing what you love and not worrying about the pay is great in theory. But in practice, your mortgage company doesn't give a damn whether or not you love your job. They want their money on time, every time. The light and gas company doesn't give a damn about whether you love what you do, if you don't pay they will shut your utilities off. The grocery store doesn't give you food credit because you 'love what you do'. In this world today, you need MONEY!!!!!! I would rather exchange money for happiness for a few years and then be financially stable enough to do what I love to do. No one cares about you when you don't have money. Money answers all things.
I think this list is trash. I've done well with my Sociology degree, mostly because of the experience I obtained while in college. The degree has only helped me gain employment.
My B.A. is in Sociology and I'm a fundraiser/event planner for a NPO. I love what I do and can take care of my family. I've been in this field for 5 years after transitioning from a 5 year career in Higher Education, which also helped me transition into fundraising and event planning.
You can have a degree in any field and be unemployed. It depends on your local economy as what soft skills you posess, in addition to that degree.
On the other hand, everyone is not made for traditonal college. I could never build anything and have much appreciation for the trades. We need to stear our children approprately.
I can understand Kiplinger's take on this subject. They are looking only at the monetary benefits and payback from a college education. This is a practical way to go but I submit that it is wrong to count out other areas of education majors based soley on the material benefits.
If no one studies english,anthropology or fine arts in the future, those wonderful subjects will stagnate and die out only to be studied in history books.
Students should try to make a living, but should base their major on their passion, not their pocketbook, because in the end they will spend their lifetime pursuing this subject.
The current assumption in the marketplace is that business majors (aside from accounting) learn useful skills. Not true. Most business programs at regional comprehensive universities are dumbed down far more than any of the 10 listed majors and basically just stamp a credential on the student's forehead. One wonders that employers do not rebel against this situation. But we are a credential society whether is means something or not. On the other hand, the graduates of the elite business programs are largely responsible for our current economic mess. So maybe more art majors would have kept us out of the current recession?
I’ve seen both sides. As a manufacturing Engineer for many years I made a decent salary. I like to think a college degree made the difference. Worked long hours, answered to management. Very high stress. My reward for all that was termination.
Now I own my own Pool Service business. I am essentially a Pool Man. I work less hours and make more money (30 hrs/wk. & $100k.) Plus I don’t have a head strong boss to answer to.
You don't have to be the best at every thing! BE the best ditch digger that does the best job and work hard,
you will be from the school of hard knocks!
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