Worthless Degree Awareness Month



For a while now I have been a listener of Aaron Clarey’s material, such as his blog and podcast. Today I would like to talk about worthless degree awareness month and how vital it is to perpetuate this message to today’s youth. In my recent post I spoke about how for many graduates, it was not entirely their fault for making this bad decision. I would like to delve deeper into this.

Far too many mid-twenty something’s are graduating this month five to six figures in student loan debt. Graduation is expected to be one of the proudest days of this young adults life. It is when they are finally putting all their hard work and years of schooling to the grind and stepping out into “the real world.” The question is, what percentage of these students are graduating with in-demand marketable skills and knowledge?

Worthless degree awareness month is not for those who have already graduated with liberal arts degrees. It is to warn the future generations of high school graduates to do their due diligence before applying to college.

Many feel pressured by their teachers, guidance counselors, and parents. They don’t have a full understanding of how much things have changed since they were in their twenties. It used to be that any college degree was considered “worthwhile” because far less people were actually attending university. I have a college degree was a selling point to it’s own merit.

In the modern world, the college market is saturated. Parents and society have pressured these young adults with no concept of the real world into making a hasty decision about choosing a major to spend the next four years of their life on.

They are not given adequate time to explore other things the world has to offer, not encouraged to travel and see where they might like to spend their newfound adulthood, not pushed towards any entrepreneurial endeavors they may have. Just simply hounded to “PICK A MAJOR, JUST PICK ANYTHING!” We can’t have little Jimmy making the family look bad to the neighbors and family! To hell with the repercussions.

The main problem here is that, most will find out when it’s too late. They will already have the debt, the worthless degree, and the utter lack of meaningful job prospects. So what can we still do? We can get the message out there to high schoolers who have not yet taken that plunge. It is too late for some, but not for all. The future generation does not have to be met with the same dismal prospects as ours.

We need to make these soon-to-be graduates aware of the fact that STEM fields, trades and entrepreneurial endeavors will be the better long term choice. It will also make your life a lot easier in the long run to do it right the first time. Even taking a year off out of high school to figure out a more concrete course of action and research job prospects will infinitely better.

If you have a loved one in high school I urge you to get them a copy of Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major by Aaron Clarey. I wish this book had been around when I was in high school. It will help out a lot of young adults. Spread the word about worthless degree awareness month.

Maybe just maybe, you’ll spare some poor kid from academia’s false promises.

Until next time – The Simple Bachelor

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4 thoughts on “Worthless Degree Awareness Month

  1. What is considered a worthless degree? What makes a degree worthless? How do we weigh/calculate/measure/anticipate the worth of a degree?

    I have heard conflicting messages about the boon that STEM fields supposedly are for post-graduates. A bachelors in Biology alone isn’t going to take you very far in the Job market, for example. Neither is a Computer Science degree. I’ve seen enough resumes in my time working management in retail of “over-qualified” STEM majors seeking employment because the jobs they want don’t exist in the first place. And there are just too many of them (as you dutifully point out)

    I agree that no student should “PICK ANYTHING.” Students should be instructed to critically consider the future at hand. If you chose an English degree, for example, what jobs will you consider in the future? What roles do you want to fill? What kind of work do you want to do? Most importantly, how will you build your soft and hard skills throughout your studies? Many students miss that aspect–both in and outside STEM.

    University does not guarantee jobs because University is not a trades-school at the end of the day. University and academia at large trains scholars, research, and critical thinking which don’t always translate well into a stratified and stagnant job market.

    So, there is not only a responsibility for students to make tough decisions when it comes to choosing their degree, but also actively pursuing opportunities that enhance their skills.

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