What brought this on?
I have so many questions.
Just perusing all the times someone’s posted a facebook entry about “You got a degree in WHAT? LOL, U R so dumb…” Well, I’m old enough to remember when the college pushers were all talking about how field XYZ was ripe for the plucking and you better get on board and get a degree NOW NOW NOW…. and by the time you got to college, the herds had moved on and it was something ELSE you were stupid for not getting on board with. Heck, that’s what happened with diplomas in general. So many people got on board for the sheepskin that nowadays a sheepskin– even one in a “real” degree– is practically useless for getting a job.
I really love how we’re all being lectured on getting “real” jobs— by a hollywood-fake redneck who’s never worked a day in his life in anything BUT the Mainstream Media. Phonier than Bear Grylls, I swear.
Heed the words of Mike Rowe:
“I can think of nine magazines off the top of my head, who every year will rank the top colleges,” Rowe says in a new video for ATTN. “None of them ever include a trade school.”
“That’s where the pressure starts,” he adds. “And what comes out the other end is exactly where we are right now: As a generation struggling to bridge that gap between whatever it is they learned and whatever opportunity exists.”
As it stands right now, more high school graduates are going for the four-year college degree. Not only do they leave with massive amounts of debt, but oftentimes, their degrees don’t land them great jobs. And even if they do, they will spend several years paying off student loans. Plus, 54% of the labor market is trade jobs and there are fewer people with the skills to fill those positions. The video states that there will be 3.5 million manufacturing jobs over the next 10 years and 2 million of them will be vacant because of the skills gap.
“The jobs that exist right now don’t require massive debt,” Rowe says. “They don’t require four years of liberal arts study. They require the willingness to learn a skill that’s actually in demand.”
Last year, Rowe gave an online commencement speech for Prager University. He told millennials to ignore the “terrible advice” of following their passions.
“Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it,” Rowe said.
He advises youngsters to find opportunities and bring their passion with them. It’s good advice, but not something the snowflake generation has heard much. While they search for their “dream jobs,” actually jobs are passing them by.
You can be right and still be a jackass. I do NOT like the man. I do not like being lectured by seven-figure Hollywood celebrities.
Should trade skills be respected? Yes! Should people pursue them? Of course! Do people desperate for work need to be scolded about this by a man who makes more taking a dump just for being famous than they make in a week at their nine to five jobs? NO.
Add to that the fact that “skilled trade” and “useless degree” are both moving targets. I’m an illustrator and cartoonist. Before the late nineties I couldn’t even make POCKET CHANGE with my skills or talents. It took discovering the internet before I could start at least trying to make a living at it… even though I have a skill that the vast majority of people (percentage wise, anyway) can’t even imitate. Tell me, am I a “skilled trade” or do I have a “Degree in Useless?”
Regardless of what trade or skill or degree you get, you can easily wake up one day and find out you’re the next generation’s Buggy Whip Salesman.
All of this is people laughing at Jack for selling his cow to a man for magic beans– and then scoffing about how he should have gone down the road and sold it to this OTHER fellow with MUCH BETTER magic beans…
A truth, even told by the most repugnant person, is still a truth. He at least is honoring the common man by giving a glimpse at what they do and actually does the work as opposed to the
‘Hollywood celebrities” who fake it for a movie and then claim to be experts. He also gives scholarships to those wanting to learn a trade and promotes the work ethic. Scolded? I think warned is the correct word.
As for useless? I studied electronics repair. How many TV shops do you see these days? Things went from tubes to transistors to ICs. Repair isn’t fixing as much as replacing whole circuits anymore.
Life is a dynamic process and we do have to adapt to the changes.
You do not have just a skill, you are a creator as well. That is something that will not become obsolete. As long as you have ideas and ways to express them then you will be ahead of the game.
Will you become wealthy or famous from what you do? It’s one of those things nobody really knows the answers to. It’s your passion. Who can say where it will lead to?
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