By Realworldred - 18/06/2015 03:50 - United States - Scranton
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Agree with this totally. If you're willing to get your hands dirty, there are always good paying jobs around for tradesmen. My boyfriend is an ironworker, and was invited to do a talk at his old high school to inform the students that there is more than just university for post-secondary education. The teacher asked him how much he made a year, he said triple what you make. If you're willing to work, $150,000/year salary is not out of the question.
For sure, #68. Passion for what you do should be more important than your salary; unfortunately, money, not love, makes the world go 'round. If you're able to pursue your passion while making ends meet, you are fortunate in this day and economy. In OP's case, it seems as if her career path is a more of a dead end, if there are no available jobs, and sounds like money is a factor as well. Sadly, sacrifices sometimes have to be made if you want a roof over your head and food in your stomach. Education in your area of interest does not guarantee a job. But there is a way to live if you're willing to work. Trades being one of those options.
What blows my mind is the philosophy majors that don't want to teach... It's hard to get paid to sit around and think about the world. I've also seen a rise in people saying "degree(s)" and meaning associate, not bachelors. While technically accurate, unless your associate degree was part of learning a trade, eg paramedic, no one gives a shit. It's barely better than a high school diploma. I agree whole heartedly though... Trades are good way to go. It's unfortunate that we as a society look down on blue collar jobs and people that aren't college educated. We need plumbers, electricians, pilots (not quite blue collar, but still a trade), welders, etc. There's good money there and tons of jobs. Many of those types of people are self made millionaires.
Not everyone goes into a major thinking of money. Sometimes it's solely because you love the subject. Besides, if everyone decided to go for a "money-making" degree, the market would be flooded and you would still have a large number of qualified unemployed people. Diversity fills niches.
Yes, the stereotypical joke involves unemployed English majors yet the job field can be rough for math, business and history majors unless they have grad/prof degrees(or intend to teach).We can't all be medical doctors. My undergrad degree is in English Lit, but my grad degree is in a STEM field.
It's different in the states obviously, but here in Canada, a teacher is a great job! They make anywhere between $44,000-$71,000 with the average around $60,000 a year (Canadian dollars). They have incredible benefits, summers off, and a pension! Not only that, but they also have the opportunity to work part time if life requires (like a stay at home mom who wants to work part time, or an elder who doesn't want to fully retire) by being a substitute. And they also have the opportunity to work in another country for a year just for the travelling opportunity. My friend is 26 and she's already worked for a year in China, and a year in London. I would love to be a teacher! Unfortunately I think the situation op is in is just because of the U.S. economy. And it doesn't really matter which field you're in, it sounds like they're are many people that have degrees in anything from Math to engineering to English, and this can still be the situation for many.
This is really true. My mother's boyfriend is being passed up for a job despite someone who quit and came back(after a few months) getting an interview and being the only candidate who fulfills ALL of what they asked for. It's sad, but knowing the right people and asskissing are now the ways to get jobs or get higher in jobs.
Maybe you should have thought of this possibility before pursuing a degree in English. Kidding, English majors. Just kidding. Not really.
There's always becoming a professional FML poster.