By Anonymous - 10/02/2013 17:55 - Norway - Bergen
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I know that going to college can help you get a job, but I didn't realize that economics were a part of washing dishes
29, not when you're applying for minimum wage jobs-- the higher the degree, the better chances of you being hired. I know this because many of English major friends are working minimum wage jobs (mostly baristas) and the only reason they got those jobs was because they had a BA as opposed to GED/high school diploma/Asssociate's that others had. I was an English major too but I did a double major in Biology, as well. I'm pretty sure a dishwashing job wouldn't pay any more than minimum wage. Pretty much any job that is based on hourly pay (and not salary) would prefer to hire someone with a BS/BA over anything less. The way I see it: even a BA in Business in better than an associates in biochem (if that's even a thing?) simply because I've never come across a job that wants to hire someone with an associate's; they require either high school grad or a college grad. Like my company's HR head said, "Associate's might as well be renamed to 'college dropout' degree unless you actually go to college after getting one."
47 - Associates are more for vocational schools. Careers such as lab techs, RNs, CT/x-ray techs, and ultrasound techs are often only offered associates degrees, with continued education as they progress in their field. The degrees are mostly career-specific and are usually programs that have combined externships for the field.
I was mostly referring to the people who get an associate's degree and think they're all done with school. I suppose I struck a nerve there with some of them with that last comment. I just think it's worthless to go to a CC and get one, unless you're actually doing something else after it. Like enrolling in a college or nursing school. A good four-year college education is absolutely essential to succeed in today's world. I'm thankful to be in med school but I can't imagine having to try to find a job with just an associate's.
He would know how the supply of soap met the demand of water, you wouldn't. A mechanical engineering degree would really come in handy, especially if you had done masters work in fluid mechanics.
Sign of the times man. College degrees get you to nowhere down a different road these days.
So not true. People with degrees CAN go places, just depends how hard they want to work to get there. Don't go convincing kids that university is a waste of time... Broaden your social network OP! The more people professional you know, the easier getting a (good) job will be!
Um, excuse me, I have two undergraduate degrees, and am getting my third this year, thank you. I'm currently a barista. Don't go shooting your mouth off about something I never said. I don't discourage anyone from getting a higher education. I'm just saying facts are facts. It's not about what you know these days, but who. College graduates are still having the hardest time finding work post graduation, which is why I went back so I could do exactly what you're recommending, broadening my social network and making contacts.
I know my own friends don't constitute a viable data pool, but I have many many friends and acquaintances who have graduated, some bilingual with master's degrees, some with bachelor's degrees, and maybe one or two are actually doing anything pertaining to their field for a livable wage. It's in the newspapers all the time that college degrees aren't getting anyone as far as they used to. Recently I read an article that used a young man who graduated two years ago with the same degree I have and is still working at a coffee shop, same as me except he's crushed under piles of student loan debt. So you can be as high and mighty as you like but the truth is staring you right in the face. People with degrees and those without are in the same boat going in the same direction except one is more broke from loans and debts than the other. Maybe in five or ten years that'll change if the economy recovers. But when you're paying through the nose for your college education by working a minimum wage job that barely pays your living expenses, let alone college expenses, you don't have five or ten years to wait for things to get better.