Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Attention Lib Arts Majors! One of Your Own is Warning You About Getting a Masters

Read this in Forbes today.  A columnists who took the time to get a Masters of Arts in Communication, Culture, and Technology relates the hard truth about masters degrees. By the way the length of the title of a degree should be a major indicator on its value.  The longer it is, the more useless it becomes. But I digress.  She relates how getting the degree might have hindered her future career prospects.  Even after indicated she would be willing to take a salary less than what she was making before grad school, the company didn't want to hire here.

Now there is some rationalization that there might be some sort of jealousy at play.  But the simple truth is that companies have begun to wake up and realize that the vast majority of masters degrees aren't worth the paper they are printed on.  (And in fact might actually hinder otherwise employable individuals because companies don't want to take the time and make individuals unlearn everything wrong that they have learned.)  Humanities, communications, liberal arts, business degrees, soft sciences, the list goes on. These degrees don't bring any value.  Why would Google, Facebook, Groupon, or Twitter hire you? The fact is you learn how to be like them by doing things in the field, not in a class room.

 Remember younger millenials that I am one of you and I can testify, having recently left college a few years ago, that much of what you learn will not serve you. And that colleges will not help you.  Their goal is to squeeze as much money out of you as they can, as well as pad their egos, if you happen to learn something then you either learned it yourself or you lucked out.

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