Tempora mutantur

17 May, 2010
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Times change.

There used to be a day when everyone was so hot to get to college to get started on a high-paying career (because you can’t get a good paying job without a degree), it didn’t much matter if you were ready or if you had your mind made up about what you wanted to be. Oh wait — that’s now, too. Anyway, the conventional wisdom was that you can go higher and advance further and get mo money if you go to college.

That ain’t necessarily so.

Teachers, social workers and pastors come to mind. I know some who have advanced degrees — something that would catapult their salaries in the business world — but who still make the same dismal wages, year after year. College doesn’t always mean higher pay, or even an assured job. An interesting article about it in the Times yesterday stated:

Among the top 10 growing job categories, two require college degrees: accounting (a bachelor’s) and postsecondary teachers (a doctorate). But this growth is expected to be dwarfed by the need for registered nurses, home health aides, customer service representatives and store clerks. None of those jobs require a bachelor’s degree.

My son has been a steel hauler for a year. He often takes in more on a weekly run than what I make per week after 18 years in the public schools and two masters degrees. He provides a nice living for his family and likes his job.

The sacrifice, you may say, is in the time spent away from home. Anyone who knows the life of a high school choral director — or is one — knows that the sacrifice is comparable. The same could be said for many other “degreed” professions for which the time spent on task is not commensurate with the salary.

The article mentions that “…some high school graduates would be better served by being taught how to behave and communicate in the workplace.” Why stop at the workplace? But that’s another post altogether…

Can the words “happy” and “Monday” occupy the same sentence? Icky. But at least it’s the penultimate Monday for me this school year. Yay.


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J^2 Mama
J^2 Mama
17 May, 2010 9:06 am

Amen to that!


Rat Fink Reply:

You’ve seen it firsthand on both fronts!


17 May, 2010 11:06 am

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Yes there is a demand for RNs – there has been for many, many years. But it’s traditionally a woman’s field of work (I won’t say profession – why? – no standardized entry-into-practice). Nurses are overworked and underpaid to an unconscionable degree. Ask me – I did it for 20 years. The clerk at the grocery store made more than I did, and she had union benefits to boot. I can’t recommend nursing to anyone, male or female; and it’s about to get worse. Have you seen the recent headlines… Read more »

17 May, 2010 12:51 pm

Just came across this article today. Interesting.



Rat Fink Reply:

Preach it! In some ways, it’s still a man’s world. The numbers don’t lie. And regarding the article: funny how the arts made the list THREE times. What are we doing?!?!? LOL


PKPudlin Reply:

Well, dearie, I’m doing what I must do – following my muse. I’m sure on some level you are doing the same thing. *sigh*