Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Top 10 Useless College Degree To Watch For

If you decide to date someone and if you find out they are bad person years down the line you basically just wasted a bunch of time, so it is really good to be able to weed out the bad ones at the beginning so you don't waste any time. But let's talk about another significant life event and that is choosing a degree that you are going to be spending four-plus years of your life, and probably over $40,000 on, in order to obtain this little piece of paper that said you did a thing.

My question is, why are there no red flags for college degrees when this is something that could potentially put your $40,000 into debt, and it could waste four years of your life and a lot of people end up not even going into whatever degree. This is crazy when you realize that only about 27% of people who go to college end up getting a job that has anything to do with that major that they spent all that time and money on.

Also, students end up changing their degrees an average of three times. So that is why I am writing this article to show you the red flag so that you don't end up getting a worthless degree, where you don't end up being able to get a job with that piece of paper that you get at the end.  At the end of the article, I am going to show you how to calculate the likelihood that the degree you are getting is a scam, I am also going to go ahead and show you my favorite resources, these are ones that I spent a lot of time finding, I went through a lot of bad ones to find the good ones took me many many hours and these will save you a ton of time and they offer good information so you can go ahead and do the research on your degree, you can check it out, personalize, make sure it is right for you and then make your decision.

Let's get started

10. Your Degree Has The Word Studies In It

Of course, this is a generalization and I am sure somebody in the comments is going to furiously type out, well, my aunt's husband's cousin has a degree in recreational studies and they make $200,000 a year and they love their job. I get it, there is always going to be a few exceptions to every rule, but I think it is much smarter to focus on the big picture and look at the statistics and just think to yourself, are there any actual jobs that are related to this degree? There probably are not that many jobs and then the few that are out there you have tons of competition and they don't even pay that well.

9. The Degree Sound Too Good To Be True

A great example of this one for me personally is a history degree. History is one of my biggest passions I absolutely love reading about it and listening to it and watching documentaries, it is extremely fun, I love it, and guess what? A ton of other people feels the same exact way. Because studying history is basically recreation and not that many people get paid to have fun. The stark reality is very very few people make a living doing what their number one passion is. 

This does not mean you have to do something you are completely dispassionate about, but you might have to do something that is maybe your third passion or your fourth or your fifth because only people who get degrees in these majors that sound too good to be true and then they get a job from it are people who are rich in the first place, they come from a rich family where they had an insider connection or something along those lines. The truth is. something might be your passion, your number one passion, but there are just no jobs out there for it, and if you want to do that for a living you have to get creative with it because getting a degree just is not enough.

8. A Significant Amount Of People Are Not Working In Jobs Related To Their Major

In a 2018 study by the National Center of educational statistics or in CES,

It was found that 73% of people who got degrees related to health care were working a job that was in the health care field, compare that to 27% of general studies majors, and 26% of humanities majors that are working a job related to their degree. This means that the majority of these people went to school probably got about $30,000 plus in debt because that is the average student loan debt these days it is almost $40,000 now, and they are working a job that is completely unrelated to their major.

This is a huge red flag.

7. There Are No Jobs Related To The Major

This seems like an obvious one but, you get a degree in engineering and you become an engineer, you get a nursing degree like registered nurse RN you become a nurse, and if you get a computer science degree well you have like 10 or 20 different options, but what do you become if you get a degree in Romance languages. A romance linguist, I mean, off the top of my head the only thing I can think of is maybe getting a job with a company that produces Shakespearean plays, or maybe you get a job with a museum, or maybe you become a professor that teaches other suckers how to become an expert at Romance languages, this is an obvious one but just make sure there are actual jobs out there in careers your degree is preparing you.

6. There Are Jobs, But There Are No Job Openings

Let's say there are jobs out there but they are getting like 100 applications every single day, and there is only one position that is open. This is basic supply and demand and I think a good example of this would be a film degree. Of course, there are jobs in film, you can work for Hollywood and become a film director, you can become an expert on lighting or sound or an editor, the only problem is there are no job openings, and every time there is a job opening they probably do not even post it anywhere, they just choose somebody that they already know because they have a huge waiting list of people. 

Another thing you can check that is related to this is what's called future growth, and by that I mean, how many jobs do they expect to be created in the next ten years.

This way you know how many jobs are available for you now, and you are also looking out for future you, and making sure there is going to be jobs available in the future. It is always a good idea to look out for future you.

5. The Jobs That Are Out There Don't Pay Well

In most markets with most jobs, the way that a job pay is a salary is decided, it is all about supply and demand. How many people have the particular set of skills that you need for this job, and then how many job openings are there out there, and if not a lot of people have that skill set but there is a lot of job openings, guess what? the people that do have the skill set are going to get paid higher. It's all about solving a problem and having skills that people are willing to pay for. This system is not always perfect and I think the best example of this is education, and it is just heartbreaking but teachers in the United States of America are not paid very well. Even though this is a job where there is plenty of job openings but for some reason even though it's a very important profession, they are just not paid very well and they are worked really hard.

Contrast this to South Korea for instance where teachers are considered to be on the same level as doctors and they are paid extremely well, but for some reason, in the United States, they just aren't valued the same, even though education is probably one of the most important things for the future of our country. It is sad but education is a perfect example of this.

4. Low Job Satisfaction Rating

This is where people who are in this career, they will get a survey and they will talk about how satisfied they are with their job, do they feel like it's meaningful, do they feel like they're making a difference, do they feel happy when they're at their job. They calculate it and then they spit out a number which is the job satisfaction rating score. And my favorite website to do this is probably glassdoor.com. I think they have the best and most accurate information, but it is also a very good idea to talk to people who are currently in that career right now, you can do that with LinkedIn you can just reach out through your network so you know somebody. Because what's the point in making a ton of money if you are absolutely miserable while you're doing it.

3. There Are A Ton Of Graduates

Maybe there are a lot of jobs, but there are so many graduates that there are not enough jobs to meet the influx of people graduating with whatever degree that is. A perfect example of this is psychology, there are jobs out there for psychology it's very important to society, mental health is very important it's a huge issue right now, but unfortunately, psychology is such a popular degree that the jobs out there are totally saturated even though there are quite a few jobs out there and it's very important and it does solve a problem for society, there is not enough of them, and because of this a lot of psychology majors are forced to get their masters or their doctorate just to be able to find a job. And then a bunch of the other ones ends up going into a job that's completely unrelated to their major.

2. The Degree Is Either Too General Or To Niche

There are some degrees out there that are so general they almost become useless, and an example of this one would be a communications degree. It is almost like you are getting a life degree where it is so general, the people that are hiring you are like, what did you even study in communications? I don't understand, and it is hard for the employer to identify the particular set of skills that you have, and therefore a lot of communications majors end up jobless. On the other end of the spectrum, you have degrees that are just way too niche, the skillset that you learn is so narrow that it does not apply to anything else, and a perfect example of this would be archaeology.

There are not that many archaeology jobs out there and the skillset that you learn does not transfer to anything else. And so, therefore, it's not going to be very attractive to potential employers.

1. You Don't Even Need A Degree To Get The Same Job

A great example of this and I am sure there are certain jobs that are exceptions to this but, I am going to mention, it is a police officer. You do not need a criminal justice degree to work as a police officer or detective, all you need is a high school diploma and then some random agencies will require an associate's degree and then very rarely they will require a bachelor's degree, but it does not have to be in criminology or criminal justice. This is something that a lot of people don't really know. There are a lot of jobs where you technically don't need a degree in order to get into that field, but a degree helps. One perfect example of this is computer science. Technically you don't need a degree to get a job at Google in computer science, but it really really helps and unless you are some kind of child prodigy or something like that, getting a degree in computer science is going to help you a lot getting a job at a good tech company.

Then the opposite of this is there are a lot of jobs out there that require degrees even though it doesn't really seem like you'd need one to do the job, and a common example of this one is flight attendants, there is a lot of companies that require their flight attendants to have degrees, but overall, if the job doesn't require a degree then don't get one.

Best Resources You Can Use To Do Research On Different Degrees And Jobs

1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

You can use this to find the median pay, the typical degree required for entry-level, and then it will also tell you how many jobs are available now, and how many are projected to be available in the next 10 years, and whenever I am searching on BLS I literally just type BLS and then whatever the job is, and it's usually the very top result.

2. Glassdoor.com

The second site that I use and I absolutely love I think this is the best site even though there are a hundred other sites out there that say they do the same thing is going to be glassdoor.com. This one is great for looking up annual pay and it gives you a little bit more detail on it, it will tell you what the entry-level is, and what the upper range is, whereas BLS just gives you like an average, it is also good for job satisfaction rating and telling you how many jobs are open right now. And again it's super easy to use all I do is type in Glassdoor and then whatever job I am looking up in Google and it's usually the first one that pops up.

It does give you a more visually pleasing and detailed breakdown of the careers whereas BLS just gives you Pier numbers and it's not as nice to look at.

3. National Center For Educational Statistics (NCES)

You can find this one on nces.edu.gov. This is a government website and they release all kinds of interesting information like what the average graduate of a certain degree is making in the real world, or they might release the unemployment statistics for different degrees. All kinds of amazing studies that are designed and meant to help you make a really good decision when it comes to whichever degree you are going to get.

4. Linkedin

What you can do with LinkedIn is let's say you are curious about a particular career, you can type that in on LinkedIn and thousands of people that are currently doing that career will pop up. Let's say you have a dream job of being a software engineer at Google, for instance, you can type in software engineer and you can narrow it down to only people who are working at Google and then you can message those people and ask them questions, and you can also see what kind of degrees they got, what kind of school they went to, did they get a two-year degree, a four-year degree, six years, all of that information is available on LinkedIn. You can just reverse engineer it and then make a solid plan to achieve your goal.

5. Phone

You can't do this with everyone it would take too much time but, once you have narrowed it down to a few careers or a few degrees that you are interested in, what you want to do is pick up the phone and talk to people who are currently doing those careers, you can start by messaging them on LinkedIn, or reach out through your network, or look up maybe people in your local area that are doing those careers, it's so so important to talk to real people who are doing it and they will give you a more accurate version of what it's all about.


Nothing beats talking to real people but you do want to talk to at least a few people in each career because again you could get a hold of somebody who's like super positive Pollyanna type person or you could get a hold of somebody who's just a Negative Nancy and they are going to tell you everything is horrible when in reality, it's pretty good.

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