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conflictgirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-11 11:09 PM
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22. I disagree - college is only worth it if you can do unpaid internships
Edited on Fri May-27-11 11:13 PM by conflictgirl
After facing a 10-month period of unemployment my husband decided to go back to school and finish his degree. He got his degree in accounting specifically because it was reported to be a field in high demand. He graduated in April 2010 and is still working at the same job he had while in school (which doesn't pay very well - only about half of what he had seen as the average starting wage for a new accounting grad.) Now we have his student loans to pay and he doesn't even get interviews because he has no accounting experience.

He went to a job fair a few months ago and talked to reps from some of the top accounting firms in the area, all of whom told him that he should have done an unpaid internship while he was in school and because he didn't, he'll have a tough time getting a job. He has a family to support - there was no way he could have done an unpaid internship and they never told him while he was in school that his job prospects depended on that. I think the odds are stacked against people trying to change careers later in life. College was most definitely a huge losing proposition for us and I'm not sure we'll ever recoup the losses.

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  - So because this guy didn't learn how to program in college  sudopod   May-27-11 04:23 PM   #1 
  - I think this has left everyone speechless. n/t  End Of The Road   May-27-11 04:23 PM   #2 
  - As a person considering going back to college, I'm not sure if this is a heresy or some....  Poll_Blind   May-27-11 04:33 PM   #3 
     - if you're young enough, consider plumbing.  Hannah Bell   May-27-11 04:35 PM   #4 
        - I'm 38, will have about 60k to throw at schooling. What say you?  Poll_Blind   May-27-11 04:38 PM   #5 
        - Take geology and go into petroleum.  TransitJohn   May-27-11 05:42 PM   #12 
           - Did you get a Bachelors or Masters?  Poll_Blind   May-27-11 05:52 PM   #13 
              - BS. Wellsite services is what I do, also known as mudlogging.  TransitJohn   May-27-11 06:10 PM   #15 
                 - Much thanks for the information!  Poll_Blind   May-27-11 06:50 PM   #17 
        - I'm with you on that one  erodriguez   May-27-11 05:10 PM   #10 
           - i think plumbing is a winner. there are many kinds of plumbing & once you're in  Hannah Bell   May-27-11 10:45 PM   #20 
  - This guy is a dope.  JoePhilly   May-27-11 04:39 PM   #6 
  - Maybe I am in an odd group of peers  ProdigalJunkMail   May-27-11 04:44 PM   #7 
  - Here's mine...  Sonoman   May-27-11 05:04 PM   #9 
     - Would it be untoward to ask the natural question: What was your vocation when working?  Poll_Blind   May-27-11 06:00 PM   #14 
  - Certainly tuition at many colleges is a scam...  Silent3   May-27-11 04:54 PM   #8 
  - College is not a scam. We need more people in college.  Zoeisright   May-27-11 05:25 PM   #11 
  - I just had dinner with our college interns  FreeJoe   May-27-11 06:22 PM   #16 
  - I finally figured out why Republicans think college is so useless.  JDPriestly   May-27-11 07:20 PM   #18 
  - hmmm  laundry_queen   May-27-11 08:27 PM   #19 
  - Short of joining a "diploma mill," college is always worth it, imo.  chrisa   May-27-11 10:53 PM   #21 
  - I disagree - college is only worth it if you can do unpaid internships  conflictgirl   May-27-11 11:09 PM   #22 
  - I went back to college at 36 & it was the best time of my life.  U4ikLefty   May-27-11 11:22 PM   #23 

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