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leaping stoat
maladaptive 25th-Dec-2012 12:27 pm (UTC)
And the worst part is that a degree is touted as some kind of magic automatic job-getter with no explanation of how much connections and networking and degree relevance factor into being able to get into a field or career.

This exactly. I was reading an article (Hipsters on Food Stamps maybe?) where there was a conversation about the uselessness of humanities/liberal arts degrees, and one comment pointed out that lib arts degrees are and can be useful-- the problem is that, unlike many STEM programs and medical students, lib arts students get absolutely zero help in learning how to find jobs. Not just networking but even knowing what kind of jobs exist. My school had a lot of focus on grad school. I got an anthropology BA which requires a PhD, but it absolutely fascinates people that I talk to and gets me a foot in the door in other fields.

I have a law degree and a lot of the jobs I've been looking at that aren't legal want some sort of liberal arts degree. The jobs exist, but you don't know how to look for them until you dive into the deep-end and people you talk to in hopes of getting a job ask "have you looked at XYZ?" and you're like, I don't even know what that is. Networking? I didn't hear about that until law school, and even then they really don't tell you how to do it effectively.
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