I think we’ve all made what may be considered poor decisions in our lives. At the time, the decision may have appeared to be the best at the time. We may even have given considerable thought beforehand. Then, things change, as they eventually do, and that decision was probably not the best one to make at the time.
There’s not much we can do about certain decisions, no one can see what the future holds and we can only think at the time, we’re making the best that we can. The reason I’m bringing this up is I recently saw one of those tweets that if you’re on Twitter, we all see every once in a while. I wish I had captured the picture, but didn’t. It was a young woman holding a piece of paper with the following handwritten, as best as I can recall:
I have a degree in Fine Arts
I can’t find a job
I’m $20,000 in (school?) debt.
Every time I see something like this i wonder if the person ever considered the employment opportunities before they chose whatever the major was. We can’t predict 4 years in advance what the economy in any field may look like, but we can, and should, try to determine what the job market is currently. I’m not unsympathetic to her plight, and no, I’m not suggesting she should’ve gone into STEM, but taking a close look at what the future may hold could be beneficial.
I know I will probably receive a few negative comments about this post but I believe that in general, the days of sending your teenager off to a 4 year institution are over. Or should be. The expense is outrageous and yes, depending on what the major happens to be, may or may not ensure any kind of career upon graduation. So I have another suggestion, which may get a few laughs from some, but should be considered.
How about getting into a field that will almost certainly guarantee some sort of employment upon graduation? I’m referring to attending a trade school, or even a community college that offers certificates in various trades like electrician, welding, plumbing, air conditioning, etc. It may seem absurd to some but there are literally hundreds of thousands of jobs in these and other trades waiting to be filled.
Yes, you may have to get your hands dirty, and no, you won’t be sitting behind a desk in a climate controlled office, but a person after 1 or 2 years will be able to get a job and start mastering their craft. Just as in any profession, and yes these are professions, a person will advance and be paid as to their ability.
It’s probably better than waiting tables or flipping burgers and it boggles my mind why more young people don’t consider any of these. Even if, later on, a decision is made to get a 4 year degree in something else, there is now a skill that will always be there and if going part time, will help pay the expense of a 4 year education.
Receiving a certificate via a community college is a lot less expensive than a traditional college, and again, it’s complete within 2 years, credits transferable if desired in the future.
Instead of complaining about the lack of job opportunities from some Liberal Arts degree, earn a certificate, or 2 year associates degree, in a field where there’s always going to be a demand.