13 September 2012

Don't take this too seriously

Kiplingers has conducted an analysis of the "worse college majors for your career." Their list of 10 majors is developed based on pay comparisons and employment rates. But, for instance, when they tell you that Graphic Design is a lousy major, it is based on their criteria, not yours And studio arts students are notorious for not caring about the pay, so this article won't change their minds. If you really want to be a graphic designer even if it doesn't pay as well as finance, it may be a pretty appropriate major for you. The argument for English and Anthropology and Liberal Arts is a little different.

And, yet, if you are in high school and sorting out your future, you need to know what you are getting into. Right? So take a peek but take it for what it is worth.


Bill Wolfe said...

Students may be interested in a more affirmative statement of the meaning of that ranking, There is no need to pull punches in talking about these issues, see this superb piece:

Higher Education Gone Wrong: Universities Are Turning into Corporate Drone Factories


Bill Wolfe said...

sorry fort the bad link - try this one:


Bill Wolfe said...

in other words, take this seriously: read this essay and ask the tough questions!

jeff said...

Having many years of experience working in the arts after graduation I agree that studying art is not a career one can assume will be profitable. But I have to question is this because of a flood of students to the limited amount of jobs or is it because these educational programs truly don't marriage the creative profession to the business aspects of running a business and fairly charging for their creative product.

I use to live near two very respectable universities, one a medical school the other an art institute. It was obvious over the course of living in that community visiting coffee houses etc that the medical students were getting an education that addressed the business(money) aspect of their study while the highly talented art students were not.