So if degrees are so valued why do have two engineering degrees, close to twenty
years experience designing computer chips, close to 30 patents, and yet I have
been out of work for two years? Obviously degrees are not worth much if your
market is saturated by foreign workers, even in your native country (to say
nothing of the off-shored jobs). We are all commodities, or slave labor, in the
increasing quest to channel ever more money to the 1% (the 1% being the only
constituent in the US that matters apparently).
Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs) is correct when he states unequivocally that college is
not for everyone; that trade schools can prepare one for a life-long career, and
that passing up trade school opportunities is a mistake for some. Life-long
learning is something that we Latter-day Saints have always believed in.
President Gordon B. Hinckley urged us to get as much formal education as we
possibly can. However, the ability to support a family does not necessarily
come from a college degree.
I think studies like this are mostly a waste. "College degree" is too
broad of a variable. College graduates on average make more - so what? The
question is what you need to do in your life to make enough for your needs.
Sometimes the answer involves going to college, sometimes better results are
achieved without it. It is a mistake to expect that a random college degree will
magically increase your income - it will only increase your debt. To succeed you
need to have a clear plan of what you are going to do to improve your worth in
the job market, and you need to take steps daily to execute it - with or without
the help of a formal higher education.
A cynic might note that this is confirmation that our High School graduates are
not well prepared any more for even basic jobs. But again,
"freedom from work" and a comfortable life on the welfare plantation is
the new goal for an increasingly large number of Americans, so even going to,
let along graduation from high school is viewed as wasted effort.
I respect the Governor Leavitts and Governor Huntsmans of world who show us a
bachelors degree is all anyone needs, the garbage is poured on in graduate
The difference between the haves and the "have nots" is mostly about
choices. Not all choices of the haves are good and not all choices of the have
nots are bad. Nevertheless it is mostly due to choices.