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Do Too Many Young People Go to College?


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#1 tarheelpride

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:12 PM

Interesting article, giving perspective into the prevalence of degrees and their effect on the education system and employment

http://online.wsj.co...rs_PublicSearch

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:25 PM

I've thought for some time, I know that when I was going thru school this was true, that there was too much emphasis on EVERYONE going to college. They cut 90% of the trade programs and forced everyone into college prep classes. Dumb, dumb move. Not everyone is cut out for college and trades are essential to our economy.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:41 PM

I definitely think we are over-saturated with degrees in general. It dilutes the value of the degree if everyone has one. The diminishing manufacturing sector does have a role to play too. But, as long as employers require more advanced degrees for more basic tasks (they use this as a screening device), there will be a rush for these colleges and the degrees.

Having just finished college myself, I definitely see the over-saturation. I still can't find a job.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 06:46 PM

On one hand, I do agree that college is over emphasized today. I have seen a number of jobs that require 4 year degrees, that could easily be done by someone that didn't have a 4 year degree, but had a decent aprenticship.

On the other hand, the company I work for brings in Indians and others, not because they work for less, but because they can't find enough people with the necessary education and experience for the job.

If you are going to go to college, make sure you get a degree in a field with a demand.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:02 PM

all the kids want to go to 4 year schools to get a degree in graphic design, none want to go for archecture, is kind of the way I think of it.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:06 PM

I think colleges like Standford have it right.

Even if you've only finished your freshman year, you can take up to a year off to explore jobs, try & establish a start-up, etc. You can come back after that year, or earlier, and it'll be like nothing happened. No extra fees to pay either.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 07:49 PM

On one hand, I do agree that college is over emphasized today. I have seen a number of jobs that require 4 year degrees, that could easily be done by someone that didn't have a 4 year degree, but had a decent aprenticship.

On the other hand, the company I work for brings in Indians and others, not because they work for less, but because they can't find enough people with the necessary education and experience for the job.

If you are going to go to college, make sure you get a degree in a field with a demand.


This. the problem, to me, is not too many people going to college... it's more people not spending their time in college correctly.

there's no guarantee you get a job when you walk out the door if you plan things right, but there is a certain amount of thought that should go into a major beyond just what you think is a fun topic to write essays on.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:30 PM

Absolutely. It's a waste of money for a lot of kids who are just going to become bartenders or landscapers when they graduate anyway.

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:45 PM

the public education system is a federally funded racket

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Posted 25 June 2012 - 10:03 PM

saturated market within a service economy only benefits other nations.