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How Much for That Sheepskin in the Window?

I were emperor I just might ban colleges from selling bachelor of art degrees, as they may be more useless than tits on a boar hog    There is this liberal myth that students can attend college for four years (study option), get a degree in any subject they so choose, get pile of college, and step into a well paying professional job.  Or that is what the diploma mills and libtarded politicians say.

There is but one guarantee from four years of attending college.    It is not a degree but rather a mountain of college debt.

For example, the number of chemical engineers Kodak hires is not a function of how many chemical engineers the Rochester Institute of Technology graduates, but rather how many chemical engineers Kodak needs, which is to say not many.    Further Kodak will hire job applicants based not on the applicant’s credentials, but rather on Kodak’s perception of the ability of the candidate to perform chemical engineering.   Credentials gets you an interview.  Your interview gets you the job.   Your job performance is what allows you to keep the job.

Job seekers are commodities.   Employers are looking to purchase, to wit hire, such commodities which will solve their particular needs.

I am not opposed to college education.   College educations need to be looked at in terms of an investment of time, effort and money.     Make the right decisions, and apply the right effort, you can become a prized commodity in the job market.   Make the  wrong decisions, or not apply the necessary effort, you just end with a mountain of college debt.

M0re, Mary Pilon, Wall Street Journal [1]:

A college education may not be worth as much as you think.

For years, higher education was touted as a safe path to professional and financial success. Easy money, in the form of student loans, flowed to help parents and students finance degrees, with the implication that in the long run, a bachelor’s degree was a good bet. Graduates, it has long been argued, would be able to build solid careers that would earn them far more than their high-school educated counterparts.

And Andrew J. Coulson, [email protected] [2]:

For a college earnings premium figure to be of any value to policymakers or prospective college students, it would be necessary to break it down by field and by student characteristics. What’s the premium difference, for instance, between workers who majored in engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, economics, etc., compared to those who majored in communications, art history, social work, multicultural studies, etc.? A similar breakdown of interest would be by SAT score.

Look at like this.   Something like twenty-two percent of positions require a college education, broken down into particular specialties.   Increasing the number of college graduates,  will not increase of the number of college level positions.   For all sakes,  if y9u have the ability to perform in the twenty-two percent level, make the investment.    Otherwise don’t waste your time and money.