Monday, January 9, 2012

Your Mom Went to College ... I wonder if she had a job afterwards ...




This is the college I graduated from. Scary, huh? Yes, I lived in a building that is considered to be one of the most haunted places in the United States. In a nutshell, I didn't see or hear sh*t. Personally, I think it's a load of crock, but that's how I feel about all ghost stories ...


Although I loved my experiences at college, one fact remains: It did little to nothing for my career. On the other hand, if I would have double majored I would have been better off. At the time, double majoring sounded like a sentence to the great inferno of hell. Boy, was I wrong. Unfortunately, for many college graduates, "the old college try" is not nearly enough to land them a job that pays well after graduation. Welcome to our economy!

Most former college students these days are Mal-Employed, a term coined in the 1970's for students who could not find jobs that required the degree they held. So, if you have a masters degree and are working as a waitress, receptionist, clerk, or janitor, you are Mal-Employed, my friend.



Simmer down now ...

Don't get me wrong, I am not saying that all college graduates cannot hold jobs in their field of study. Do not lose hope!

"It could be, for example, that teenagers who are bright, hard-working, and ambitious tend to go to college. And then later in life they make more money because they are bright, hard-working, and ambitious adults. I am not saying that this is the whole story, but you’ve got to admit it qualifies as plausible."- BadMoneyAdvice.com

Furthermore, keep in mind that over the past 20 years, tuition and fees at state universities have jumped nearly 130%. In great contrast, the income of the middle class has been lowering. The latest figures show the median income in the U.S. is $400 lower than it was in 1988. Come on people, we are talking the 80's here! In 1988, Gas cost 91 cents a gallon, postage stamps were 24 cents, and buying a brand-new home was around $91,600.00.  

What do you think? Is a college degree a waste of time these days?

sources: CNN
 

3 comments:

Meredith said...

Want to talk scary college stories? My alma mater counts Ted Bundy among its alumni. On the bright side, at least I know for sure that I'm not the most f*cked up person to ever attend that school. Yay for Me! University of Utah - Go Utes!

Anonymous said...

I double majored in political science and journalism, and I am currently working at a clothing store. This is the same job I had all through college with no end in sight. It certainly was a waste for me.

Jan said...

Yes, I am not working in my field of study right now do to personal reasons. I was shoveling shit during college and after graduation I was still shoveling shit (Horse shit, literally). I would like to go to Graduate school. But honestly, I dont want to pay for it, lol.