iMisto wrote:I can't stand this idea that you're not using your degree because you have a 'shit' job... Especially in this economy. An undergrad degree that isn't specialized (ie engineering, etc.) simply provides you with some valuable skills that you can tap into at most any job. Would I rather be working in a job that uses my full abilities? Sure, but I have healthcare and it allows me to study for the LSAT, put food on the table, volunteer, etc.
I'm a liberal artist. My degree is useless. Any job I can get now I could have gotten without going to college. But I'm not talking about jobs that give you HC and time to study. That hardly sounds like a shit job. Go work in food service or retail or something requiring physical labor or any combination for 60+ hours a week without bennies. That's a shit job, man, and that gives you serious perspective and motivation.
I make lattes. I have a shit job.
This notion of the 'useless' lib. arts degree confounds me. It's no more useless than a BA in biniz.
Take the skills you've acquired over the course of your undergrad and DO something. Although some thought I was gloating, I made a brief list of the experiences I've had while doing 'shit' work - and a lot of that comes as a result of my education (BIS: gender studies/poli sci, and BFA: painting).
Regardless, I was just defending barista work because somebody referred to it as not having 'real' WE. My point was that a person has the ability to shape the experience they have doing any given job. Think: what resources do I have in this position? I have a cafe... with a regular customer base.. they have some extra $$ - AHHA! I'll run a book drive to build a library for the women's juvenile facility up north! We can network with the other coffee shops in the area, as well as our fellow students on campus.