Dixie Darr

A College Degree is NOT Job Training

In Uncategorized on January 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm

My teaching career has consisted of teaching general studies classes to business, nursing, and criminal justice students. As adults, my students were always in a hurry to finish their degrees and tended to view my classes as “that other crap we have to take.” They were not interested in things like writing, art, or humanities and concluded that the university only required those classes to make more money from tuition. “I don’t need film studies to be a good  (fill in the blank).”

I would patiently (sometimes) explain to them that a bachelor’s degree is supposed to create well-rounded citizens. A college degree is not job training. Since most of them were there very specifically for job-related reasons, this made no sense to them.

Once on the job, many college graduates complain that they didn’t learn anything in college that would help them with their jobs. The degree did, however, help them get the job in the first place. After that, they were on their own.

Many graduation speakers acknowledge this and tell the graduates what they really need to know. From Steven Jobs exclaiming they need to do what they love to JK Rowling extolling the value of failure, graduation speeches are some of the most inspiring videos around. It might be helpful to bookmark this site and watch one of these videos when you need a boost.

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