Originally Posted by Magick Man
I don't mind at all. We all can talk without getting hackles up, though HF's official policy is no politics, this is a very broad vital area that affects millions. Most businesses have figured out that a B.A. isn't worth much more than a HS diploma, in realistic terms, because it doesn't prepare a person for the workforce in most practical ways. Personally, I think most liberal arts degrees should come with a warning label:"This document does not guarantee employment, nor improve your chances in finding it. For entertainment purposes only."
The young barista at my local Starbucks has a Master's in English, which I suppose may help when she's asking if a customer wants an extra splash of flavoring in their mochachino. I've listened to her woes several times, because she isn't shy in sharing them, and they mostly center around her $100,000 in student loans that she's barely made a dent in, even though she's been out of school for 5 years. She believes that she shouldn't have to pay it, and even voted for the current administration believing that they would expunge the debt. Wow, was she mad when she found out that wasn't going to happen... Last I heard, she'd defaulted on it and they were garnishing her pay. I eventually tuned her out though, because she refuses to believe any of it is her fault and once even implied that I was somehow to blame, "how much did you pay for that car you drove up in?" I simply told her, "You shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition", and that was the last time we spoke.
Anyway, by and large, for most people tech and trade schools are where it's at. Learn a valuable skill that you'll love doing, then become a master of it. Happiness in your career and financial stability will follow. Our FT garage mechanics make 40-60k /year, depending on work experience, not bad for 2-yr technical degrees in this area of the country, and our engineer makes 80k a 4 year certificate, that's not including the benefits packages. I'm a weirdo, but my belief is that well-paid employees are happy, reliable employees. You can't expect excellence, loyalty, and goodwill if you're a miserly bastard to your people, it doesn't get more basic than that.