Somebody should have told him that “creative writing” refers to putting names on coffee cups.

In today’s version of “is this really news to anyone” we learn that 50% of recent college grads are unemployed or underemployed. Alternatively, the article could be entitled “some college majors are better than others.”

In this article, we learn of the employment struggles of recent graduates with art history, humanities, and philosophy degrees. To that, I say, “Um, Duh!” I could have told you that a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy isn’t going to lead to a plethora of job prospects. After all, when was the last time you saw an ad that said: “Help wanted: Philosopher to work in a busy philosophy shop.” Indeed, about the only thing you can do with a philosophy degree is ponder “Why” people want fries with that.

A college degree is a useful tool if you study the right subject. It’s not, however, a magic ticket to future riches. Shockingly, employers are looking for employees with useful skills, not just ones that made it through school. The real travesty here is that we’ve convinced students otherwise. They spend 4 years of their lives and go into massive debt to study something they “enjoy” but is ultimately irrelevant. The result is that we’ve got some of the best-educated, deepest-in-debt baristas in the world.


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4 Responses to Somebody should have told him that “creative writing” refers to putting names on coffee cups.

  1. Disgruntled Wife says:

    I would like to argue that it is unfair to include the humanities field in this list of employees who lack “useful skills…just ones that made it through school.” Humanities is an essential field, which is highly undervalued by much of society. Those of us in the humanities field have chosen a career path in which we care for and about the people around us, especially those who are vulnerable and ignored. Gasp! There are people out there who are interested in the well-being of others, not just our own personal gain!
    I challenge you to explain how this field is comparable to the fields of philosophy and art history. These two fields do not offer much opportunity in the way of employment, nor do they seem to contribute much to the needs of society. However, the need for humanities services is vast and ever-growing. If provided with the help and care that they need, the undervalued people who receive humanities services can potentially become more positively involved in society, and thus, contribute to the growth and strengthening of society in countless ways.
    The real travesty here is that the “big-wigs,” if you will, who are in positions to decide how to budget the state funding, continuously regard those who receive and provide humanities services as secondary to those who provide services that will lead to personal gain for those big-wigs and other “important” people in society. Thus, those who provide such valuable humanities services to those who are in such great need are underpaid, while others who provide services that will benefit the “important” people in society are often greatly overpaid in comparison. A society does not grow and strengthen through financial gain alone. It grows in countless, more valuable ways through the strengthening and uplifting of it’s many many members who are in need. Unfortunately, until this is recognized by those in power, too many employees in the RELEVENT field of humanities will continue to be unemployed or underemployed.
    P.S. – I love you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • In my defense, (and out of respect for my lovely-but-disgruntled wife), I should point out that I would consider “social services” fields to be outside the scope of “Humanities” studies. These would generally include things like philosophy, literature, history, etc., none of which are particularly noble or help those around us.

      Social services, on the other hand, are both noble and helpful, and are useful skills to have. They don’t, however, pay very well due to the fact that they are usually for nonprofits or government agencies. But employment in a low-paying field of choice would not be considered “underemployed” for the purposes of this study, and thus, I submit to you that you’re out of scope on this one. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Disgruntled Wife says:

    In my hurry to respond, I was reading and typing “humanities,” when what I meant was human services. My basic argument stands, only it is directed towards state legislators, not you.

    • Fair enough. I should warn you, though, that I don’t think many state legislators are reading my blog on a regular basis. That’s not to say they shouldn’t be…I’m just being realistic.

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