Last edited by Neo Omni; 07-26-2012 at 09:19 AM.
What happens to Math majors?
Also, two of the strongest engineers I've had the pleasure of working with have English degrees...
But, more often, math majors are teaching math class somewhere...
And an MBA, last I checked anyway, was the most popular master's degree around.
But in this economy, a degree is a complete waste of time and money if you don't plan early to get experience. Look carefully at job postings in the field you want to work in. You'll notice most of them will say, "Requires 4 year degree in X,Y,Z, and/or X many years experience." Being a 0 year experience degree holder, in my opinion, is absolutely no different than having a high school diploma. Having a master's degree with 0 years experience is no different than having a high school diploma.
If you want to get a job straight out of college, take maximum advantage of your summer internship programs and other internship offerings or you'll end up like so many that are currently underemployed. The last stat I saw that estimated the number of out of work or underemployed degree holders was something akin to 50%. This doesn't mean you won't find work... it might mean you'll get an MBA but find yourself ringing up break pads at Autozone.
It's a catch 22 thing though. The older you get, the harder it is to find a good career. The longer you spend underemployed, the longer it takes to get a good career because employers look at your work history and go, "If he graduated at the top of his class but couldn't get a job, what's wrong with him?" HR people don't seem to live in the reality of the modern economy at present.
I have a CE and CS degree (double major, which I wouldn't recommend anyone to do, waste of time) and have yet to get anything in the field.
Especially since when I graduated, America was going outta business and the field was saturated, and internships were very competitive.
Ironcially I work in a field i had 0 experience in, working with people who have gone to school and have 10+ years in the field. Whacky world we live in.
Many of those majors in the OP pics are pretty much privileged majors. Only useful if you have something on the back burner (like money) to fall back on, as it's hard to find real dollars and cents within those fields outside of teaching, and unless it's university teaching, it's not really profitable for a very, very long time.
I still say its best to learn a trade or get into nursing, save yourself the heart ache.
I know the common misconception for non-degree holders is that a degree is just "a piece of paper", but that's because they forget that piece of paper comes with thousands of hours of training and practice... especially post-grad degrees where mistakes can get you kicked out the entire program with a big, happy F.
That's generally why most companies accept your degree as x amount of years experience. 2 for bachelors + 3 for masters for some, but really it varies per company.
Last edited by Tolmos; 07-31-2012 at 07:36 AM.
The major function of most college degrees is to prove you can put up with 4+ years of bull excrement. Oh, and to get past the HR drones. Some majors teach actual skills and impart useful basic knowledge, if you get the right profs and pay attention. Intern/Co-op experience is pure gold.
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Of course, if people like that didn't exist then we wouldn't need nearly as many software engineers to go back and clean up their code / fix all the bugs they introduced, so I should probably keep my mouth shut before I murder the CS job market =D
That said, I do not believe that every field is like that. Take networking: you can learn a massive amount about it in a classroom setting, but to actually retain that knowledge properly and be able to perform it quickly requires true hands on experience. Unfortunately, many classroom settings fail to do enough hands on to beat having a pro walk you through the ropes and learn as you go.
It really just depends on the degree.
Last edited by Tolmos; 07-31-2012 at 11:47 AM.
I have a psych degree. I'm a programmer, and by most accounts a competent one.
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