- File Size: 720 KB
- Print Length: 180 pages
- Publisher: Paric Publishing, LLC (December 12, 2011)
- Publication Date: December 12, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006N0THIM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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--You should major in a STEM field, preferably in some type of engineering other than environmental. Clarey discusses and ranks the various engineering fields, but basically, any type of engineering except for environmental is OK. Also OK: degrees leading to jobs in the medical profession (although Biology and especially Kinesiology are discouraged); accounting, statistics, econometrics, and actuarial degrees (though Economics and Finance are discouraged); and computer-oriented degrees. Clarey says little about majors in theoretical sciences such as "pure" math or physics, but it is safe to assume he would discourage them for being not practical enough.
--Also OK is any training that will produce a precise and valued skill. Trade school and military routes are encouraged. The author is vehement that "the lowly plumber has more in common with the bio-engineer than does a doctorate in philosophy because the plumber, like the bio-engineer, produces something of value." Trade school is considered "a superior option to the humanities or liberal arts" because it leads to the acquisition of a skill that is in demand.
--The economics of supply and demand should exclusively dictate what one chooses to study. This is a major point of the book. The author gives the model of a medieval European village in which everyone is expected to pull his weight by providing a genuinely useful service to the community. In such a village, there is no room for "the professional activist, the social worker, the starving artist, the trophy wife, the socialite or the welfare bum." Everyone must contribute something that is in demand by the other villagers.Read more ›
He brilliantly dissects those college degrees that have worth and those that are worthless, based on the simple yet staggering truth of Supply and Demand. Further, he helps the college-bound student recognize how spineless parents, teachers, guidance counselors and the like have failed in giving students the truth about a valuable education and going into debt for a worthless one.
If you plan on going to college to party, follow your bliss, and thinking any degree is a good degree, you are setting yourself up for failure and a low-income job.
Clarey also argues strongly that you have a moral responsibility to obtain a worthwhile degree. His final "Parting Advice" chapter emphasizes both actually working while schooling and getting a B.S. rather than a B.A. He also demonstrates the value of some 2-year degrees.
The key is building skills that are in demand. And thus he focuses on STEM: Science, Techonology, Engineering and Math.
My one disagreement is small but important. He sees a B.A. in English as worthless. Well, he's right if the degree means learning merely to read literature and arguing critical theory. But if you get the right professor (as I did, a real dinosaur who understood the technology of writing) you can learn how to write as a valuable skill. My advantage is that I started out as a math/science guy, studying computer programming, but once I sold an article to a computer magazine, I was hooked on making a living as a freelance writer. I ended up making a living in Silicon Valley earning up to $3000 for a half-day's work on a corporate video script.Read more ›
Most of the book works for Canada as well as the US, though the funding system is different. For example, Clarey assigns low value to foreign languages, which is undoubtedly realistic for people in the Midwest, but not so accurate for Canadians. Clarey discusses grade inflation, but not quite with the vehemence the the subject deserves. And while discussing various academic slimeballs (quite accurately I might say - some of these I must call colleagues), he doesn't go into the invidious role that Boards of Governors/Boards of Regents play.
I hope this book saves a few from the depths of debt and frustration. However, lay people think they know everything about the subject, and some never realise that they have been had.
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If so, you should really get them this book. Aaron uses his unique ability to cut through the BS and tells you exactly like it is (and will be). Read morePublished 3 days ago by David S
I would totally recommend it, specially for high school kids. It's easy to read, to understand !
Gift it to your high school students
Great book. This is the 2nd one I've bought for a young adult in my family. Every high school jr/sr should read this book.Published 28 days ago by Heather H
The advice is straightforward and may even make you somewhat mad. However if you want a good chance at a high paying job this advice is pretty solid.Published 1 month ago by Airforcekid
I already have a waiting list of friends who I'm passing this book around to. I highly recommend this for anyone in their late teens to early 20s.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer