posted on Feb, 21 2013 @ 06:43 PM
I'm in the same boat of having a degree but unable to find work. I have 3 associates degrees (game design, web programming, computer graphics) a
bachelors (computer science) and am 90% done with another bachelors (game design). I consider myself lucky that I found a job where I make $5/hour,
28 hours a week, it at least keeps me from being homeless. Right now I would happily settle for being a burger flipper at McDonalds, 40 hours a week
at minimum wage sounds pretty good to me right now. Sadly, they say I'm overqualified for those jobs so I can't find "decent" employment. My degrees
are worth so little when it comes to the job search that I literally use one of them as a coaster. My "career" options would be far better if I
didn't have an education.
Like some others in this thread mentioned, moving to an area with opportunity where I could get something out of my education isn't an option. I'm
stuck in Southeastern Ohio, and without a better paying job can't afford to move. Alternatively I have to get lucky sometime and find a job that's
willing to pay moving expenses, that is quite difficult to do.
We all know the results of "No child shall fail" ego building programs in public schools and I conclude that the for profit university system
will do the same in order to keep the money flowing through by advancing students deficient in basic skills right up and through graduate level
I work as a tutor for a community college. The entire system is corrupt. I sit and BS with the instructors from time to time and I've heard some
stories that are absolutely shocking. I know of two students currently enrolled in one of their technology programs that don't know how to read.
They are illiterate, when they take exams someone has to read the questions to them because they can't read the test. They passed High School though
because it would have impacted the schools funding to have not passed them. Another one is the quota system the school uses. Funding is based on the
number of students each department has, each student is essentially worth $X amount. If a department has too few students it's shut down. In the
interest of preserving their operating budgets, and in some cases their jobs the instructors have come up with a system where students in smaller
majors never fail. If someone is failing their class they get a C, occasionally they get a D so they have to retake a class to fill numbers but that
is done very rarely.
One student I'm currently tutoring in a coding class for example has been there for 5 years, he is no stranger to coding classes and I ask for him to
write an if statement in a function that checks if the length of a variable is less than two and return false if so. This is what he wrote me: "if
the length of the name variable is less than 2 then return false". He didn't understand why that's not correct. Anyone who understands code should
find the humor in that, for those that don't understand code the reason is that code isn't written in plain English like that. The person is two
classes away from graduating.
I think a large part of the problem is that employers are realizing just how many people have degrees without understanding the material, and as such
don't consider the degree as being worth anything and that's why degrees don't get you good jobs anymore.
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