College Degree Education Student?
Q: Have any of you enrolled in any of the online college degree programs? If
so, what was your experience with them? I'm in a catch-22 career-wise. I
work too many hours to go to a conventional college for either day or night
classes, yet feel I get passed on promotions due to lack of college
credentials. I'm curious if the online option would be a worthwhile choice.
A:I just got my public affairs degree from IU. Of the 4 years of classes I took, I really only needed 2. Why the hell do I need to know what Socrates or Plato wrote years ago. Should I quote them when firing or hiring someone? Also, why the hell did I have to take a year of history. Back in the 7th grade I learned of the civil war. I learned of the same war in high school. When I went I took it in college, nothing much changed--history was still just that. It's a money making scheme if I have ever seen one. I am a cop, but just got a financial advisor job which I will start shortly. I would have learned more working as a cop full time than what 80% of my classes would have taught me on being a cop. I want someone to have a 4 year degree that is my right as a business owner. Second, a degree sometimes just tells an employer that you can be trained. Currently I am a police officer. After wasting my entire youth working weekends and stuff I now want to have fun and party and just let loose now that I am done with school. I applied for a financial advisor job. It will pay less until I pass the needed test. A degree shows one has a good chance of passing the test I may be wrong, but I think she was trying to point out that degrees really don't mean jack in many cases. Just cause someone has an econ degree doesn't mean they cannot be a cop. And just cause someone has a criminal justice degree (a former co-worker) doesn't mean they cannot be a broker. I think a degree does say one can do work needed for a reward (the degree), but the quality of the work is what is usually in question. At IU a student could do what is called an x f. This means you can x out a grade of 'f'. Now they have extended it to all grades. What this does is allow someone who flunked one class to retake it, possibly cheat or get the easy prof. and get a c or b. This tells the employer nothing about what the person may really be like under stress. Not at all. Most people think that a college degree *DOES* mean something significant. That's why so many people work so hard to get their children into college. It must be lonely in that pathetic fantasy world of yours. Americans tend to lack good taste and sound judgement, but very few have a problem distinguishing between a fraudulent degree and a real degree. You're one of the few. Congratulations.
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