Originally posted by Partygirl
There have been a ton of threads lately about jobs. What I noticed in those threads saddens me. Seems like people are HAPPY that lots of other people
are out of work or can't find good jobs. There is particular glee directed at young people who took out big education loans and can't seem to find
high-paying work in the field of their studies.
No one should be gleeful, but there is an issue here, and there's plenty of blame to go around that isn't students' fault.
1) Society itself is to blame for believing that a degree is necessary, ANY degree, for success. Many people would be much better off in vocational
training. It was ONCE the case that any degree was OK, but those days were long ago, probably ending in the 1950's.
2) Colleges and Universities are to blame. They keep turning out graduates in fields where there are no jobs. They seek students because if they
don't, the schools contract and face lay-offs. This is worse now that on-line programs are more popular. Private, for-profit schools are
particularly egregious in this regard. Student enrollment provides jobs for teachers.
3. The Government is to blame by guaranteeing student loans for everyone for anything. BTW, this causes tuition to go up. Banks are more or less
forced to provide 'equal opportunity' for loans here, but they also part of the problem. They are the ones collecting the interest (and also the
ones taking the fall on defaults.)
So it's absolutely true that these other entities can be seen to be preying on students. That's a given, and they should rightfully be criticized
for their role in this.
But there is still some additional frustration. Who in their right mind would take out tens of thousands of dollars in loans to get a degree in
Anthropology? Medieval English Literature? Philosophy? Nearly any liberal arts degree? It's really rare to find jobs in these fields. These
students' parents were in exactly the same situation 30 years ago. There have never been jobs in these fields. It's not new. It's not that these
are not interesting fields or that they don't "make you a better person." But it's not the kind of thing you want to hang $100K in loans on.
If any of these students had a degree in chemical engineering I guarantee you they would have jobs today. But a degree in chemical engineering
requires advanced math. It's hard. A degree in English is not hard. It's easy. You don't have to put out much.
So when someone like that gets on a place like this and asks, "Who is going to pay my student loans?" My answer is: "You are, schmuck!" Though I
know it is very likely that I will be the one paying for them. I'm not gleeful that you cannot get a job. I'm angry that you made such an idiotic
decision as to suppose you could rack up $100K for an English degree and expect to get a high-paying job at the conclusion. You did no research. You
I'm also angry at the sense of entitlement I see. Not only do they expect someone else to just "pick up the tab" while they move on, they are too
good to take the jobs that ARE out there, including minimum wage jobs that are beneath them. The whole thing is pathetic.