Don’t study university degrees which will leave you unemployed

LazyLion

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You should only go to a University if you plan on doing medicine or engineering or some trade where you can work for yourself and actually generate an income.
The rest is all just BS.
 

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*awaits Arthur's input for a differing opinion from the rabble*

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pinball wizard

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You should only go to a University if you plan on doing medicine or engineering or some trade where you can work for yourself and actually generate an income.
The rest is all just BS.

Talking about the Humanities, probably the most popular degrees.

You are both wrong.

Learning critical thinking is a key part of these degrees, and a lot of people who studied them go on to very different fields and make a huge impact there.
 

Knyro

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You are both wrong.

Learning critical thinking is a key part of these degrees, and a lot of people who studied them go on to very different fields and make a huge impact there.

Never understood this "humanities teaches critical thinking" bandwagon. Like engineering doesn't? Like computer science doesn't? There are more employable (and higher paying) degrees that you can use as a vehicle to learn how to think critically. In any case you don't even need a degree to learn how to think critically. Just use your bloody brain.

Yes humanities graduates can go on to work in many different fields and make a huge impact. That goes for pretty much all degrees. Prospective students however should know that you'll have a harder time getting a job with some degrees more than others. Stop setting kids up for failure by telling them to just ignore that and get "useless" degrees. This goes for pure science Bachelors degrees too, you'll most probably have a much easier time getting a job with a BComm in Accounting than a BSc in Chemistry.

Critical thinking would dictate that you take into account employment prospects as well when choosing your degree. Yes a BA degree won't necessarily doom you to a life of flipping burgers but be aware that you may be making your life harder than it has to be. See? Critical thinking, and I didn't even have to get a BA degree to be able to do it.
 
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ponder

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Never understood this "humanities teaches critical thinking" bandwagon. Like engineering doesn't? Like computer science doesn't? There are more employable (and higher paying) degrees that you can use as a vehicle to learn how to think critically. In any case you don't even need a degree to learn how to think critically. Just use your bloody brain.

Yes humanities graduates can go on to work in many different fields and make a huge impact. That goes for pretty much all degrees. Prospective students however should know that you'll have a harder time getting a job with some degrees more than others. Stop setting kids up for failure by telling them to just ignore that and get "useless" degrees. This goes for pure science Bachelors degrees too, you'll most probably have a much easier time getting a job with a BComm in Accounting than a BSc in Chemistry.

Critical thinking would dictate that you take into account employment prospects as well when choosing your degree. Yes a BA degree won't necessarily doom you to a life of flipping burgers but be aware that you may be making your life harder than it has to be. See? Critical thinking, and I didn't even have to get a BA degree to be able to do it.

Give this man a bells :D

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OrbitalDawn

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Never understood this "humanities teaches critical thinking" bandwagon. Like engineering doesn't? Like computer science doesn't? There are more employable (and higher paying) degrees that you can use as a vehicle to learn how to think critically. In any case you don't even need a degree to learn how to think critically. Just use your bloody brain.

Yes humanities graduates can go on to work in many different fields and make a huge impact. That goes for pretty much all degrees. Prospective students however should know that you'll have a harder time getting a job with some degrees more than others. Stop setting kids up for failure by telling them to just ignore that and get "useless" degrees. This goes for pure science Bachelors degrees too, you'll most probably have a much easier time getting a job with a BComm in Accounting than a BSc in Chemistry.

Critical thinking would dictate that you take into account employment prospects as well when choosing your degree. Yes a BA degree won't necessarily doom you to a life of flipping burgers but be aware that you may be making your life harder than it has to be. See? Critical thinking, and I didn't even have to get a BA degree to be able to do it.

Not everyone has a knack for accounting, engineering or the like, though. And the ones that do, and want to do it, already do it.

Can't help but think it sterilises society to want to purge everything aside from those 'pure' vocations.
 

Knyro

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Not everyone has a knack for accounting, engineering or the like, though. And the ones that do, and want to do it, already do it.

Can't help but think it sterilises society to want to purge everything aside from those 'pure' vocations.

I don't wan't to purge them, thank goodness for the arts, they help make our existence more enjoyable and move culture along. However students should not be blind to the potential negative consequences of their degree choices.
 

OrbitalDawn

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I don't wan't to purge them, thank goodness for the arts, they help make our existence more enjoyable and move culture along. However students should not be blind to the potential negative consequences of their degree choices.

True.
 

johnjm

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I really wanted to study genetics, but my critical thinking made me go the accounting sciences route. Thank goodness.
 

pinball wizard

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Never understood this "humanities teaches critical thinking" bandwagon. Like engineering doesn't? Like computer science doesn't? There are more employable (and higher paying) degrees that you can use as a vehicle to learn how to think critically. In any case you don't even need a degree to learn how to think critically. Just use your bloody brain.

Yes humanities graduates can go on to work in many different fields and make a huge impact. That goes for pretty much all degrees. Prospective students however should know that you'll have a harder time getting a job with some degrees more than others. Stop setting kids up for failure by telling them to just ignore that and get "useless" degrees. This goes for pure science Bachelors degrees too, you'll most probably have a much easier time getting a job with a BComm in Accounting than a BSc in Chemistry.

Critical thinking would dictate that you take into account employment prospects as well when choosing your degree. Yes a BA degree won't necessarily doom you to a life of flipping burgers but be aware that you may be making your life harder than it has to be. See? Critical thinking, and I didn't even have to get a BA degree to be able to do it.

Wish I had of known that my first useless degree would have gotten me this far. I may very well have ended up with nothing.

As for me, I'll teach my kids to do what they love to do, not what society says will land them a magnificent well paying job.

But to each his own I guess.
 

pinball wizard

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I don't wan't to purge them, thank goodness for the arts, they help make our existence more enjoyable and move culture along.

You are rather odd. I studied a so called humanities degree, and I cannot stand art. And I work in a highly specialised and technical field.
 

Knyro

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Wish I had of known that my first useless degree would have gotten me this far. I may very well have ended up with nothing.

As for me, I'll teach my kids to do what they love to do, not what society says will land them a magnificent well paying job.

But to each his own I guess.

If that's what you got from my post then you've missed my point completely.
 

pinball wizard

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If that's what you got from my post then you've missed my point completely.

Yeah, and sarcasm is lost on you. Nevermind. Let's agree to disagree.

Edit: I mean it's a pointless debate. You wont convince me that kids should be pushed to study what "pays better" than what they love to do. I'm a fan of find out what you love to do, and make that pay you.
 

Knyro

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Yeah, and sarcasm is lost on you. Nevermind. Let's agree to disagree.

Edit: I mean it's a pointless debate. You wont convince me that kids should be pushed to study what "pays better" than what they love to do. I'm a fan of find out what you love to do, and make that pay you.

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Stop setting kids up for failure by telling them to just ignore that and get "useless" degrees. This goes for pure science Bachelors degrees too, you'll most probably have a much easier time getting a job with a BComm in Accounting than a BSc in Chemistry.
Discouraging people from doing pure sciences would be an incredibly stupid idea. It is very short-sighted.
 
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