Originally Posted by wj4
GreenFrog's post makes me think of a couple of folks I knew that graduated from very well known universities with majors like History and English. They couldn't find jobs in their fields
and are now working at places like Starbucks and Costco.
I actually think this has less to do w/ students majoring in "useless" subjects than the fact that many students have this odd expectation that they are going to find a job in the "real world" where they are going to use their classical literature skills on a daily basis. But that doesn't mean these grads have to settle for Starbucks or Costco. There are a world of possibilities for grads with those majors, whether in marketing, communications, public relations, some analyst positions, project managers, etc. The director of marketing at the company I work for is a young guy (30's) who has bachelors degree in history. Grads with history, classics, econ history, etc majors don't have to settle for Starbucks because they have real skills that can make them a far more attractive hire than someone with a business marketing or economics* major in many instances.
*non econometrics people.
Some "softer" majors like econ and poli sci seem to be emphasizing quantitative skills so that their students have some meaningful skills when they enter the job force. As someone who double majored in applied math and political science, that was a perfect combination as both majors really placed an emphasis on the skills required to conduct quantitative research and statistical computing.
Of course, at the end of the day, education doesn't mean shit to me. If you have the skills to get the job done in a prompt manner, that's all that matters to me. Thankfully, I work for a company whose CEO shares this attitude. This is most evident when our two most recent software engineering hires had just a high school diploma and the other had a psych degree. I could care less if you went to Harvard, MIT, or Alabama State, or you majored in engineering, physics, or poetry....as long as you can get your shit done. I'm probably in the minority on this point, but whatever.
Edited by amathew - 12/1/12 at 8:48pm