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11-03-2009 @ 10:51AM
To: ICAN'TBELIEVEI meant my comment as a sarcastic joke. I would never have spent six years and much tuition obtaining my degrees if I really felt they would be useless. I would never trade my the knowledge I gained as a philosophy student for anything.While the critical thinking skills, analytical skills, writing skills, and general appreciation for life that my philosophy degrees gave me are very important to me; the sad reality is that in today's economy it is true that philosophy degrees are not quite as marketable as Engineering, CS, Business, or even hard science degrees. In fact, that is the problem that many liberal arts students are facing nowadays: if you do not hold a Ph.D and do NOT plan to teach then you will be facing fierce competition finding good paying jobs in the corporate world. I am not saying that they are useless degrees; they just don't open as many doors as easily as other degrees do -- and that is the point of my joke. Oh and not to mention the fact that 9/10 times when people find out you have a philosophy degree they say, "Oh.... and what are you going to do with that..." with disapointing yet smug looks on their faces.
11-03-2009 @ 11:44AM
I hear ya Smiley. (last comment on phil... dont want to hijack discussion) I think the challenge is hiring managers and employers in general. Unless the job requires very specific technical know how, like heavy math, engineering background, I would rather hire a well rounded person as opposed to an individual with a narrower education. I want thinkers that can be creative and can act. I don't want robots.
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