PepperJack wrote:I think a lot of people could make 50k or more with a degree in anything. If you learn something other people could use or supply something they'll need, you could start a web based business with friends. If you have 1 buddy who knows web design, another who is could at selling and another who has some skill, you likely would make more than you would with entry level appointment. The problem with most college grads is they're not really useful for anything.
What? This is ridiculous. People try to do this kind of get rich quick bullshit all the time. It works out one in a thousand times or less.
PepperJack wrote:Not saying it's a sure thing, but if your goal is to take out loans to finance your life for 3 years and hope to get lucky that is much dumber. Realistically, if you're hard working and not a complete asshole you're not going to starve. You might if you're 200k in debt. The issue with high debt is it truly retards your ability to start from scratch.
Well I agree being poor and in debt is worse than just being poor. But its a risk analysis. Many young college (and masters) grads are only not starving because they are already middle or upper middle class and they can move back in with their parents who have the resources to procure victuals for their impotent overeducated children.
PepperJack wrote:I sold air jordans throughout college, which was a few hours of work each week and came out to another 5-10k per year. If you combine this with another 10k tutoring the SAT and 300/week waiting tables, you're already at 40k a year with no skills requiring a degree.
This is a myth, and an insulting and incredibly problematic one. You sound like Newt Gingrich. All three of these jobs are competitive in a crippled market. Securing one part time job can be a challenge. Securing three is substantially more difficult. SAT tutoring typically requires scoring over 2200
, which might be a easy assumption for some of us, but not 90-95% of the population. I did tutor SAT throughout college on weekends and private tutoring, and let me tell you, the hours are inconsistent, classes are often cancelled, and the vast majority of the profit goes to the prep company, not to the teacher.
300/week "waiting tables"? Maybe in a high volume "superior good" restaurant in an affluent community, but not in most of the country (hours + tip usually comes to within 50 cents of minimum wage; 300/week would be 44 hours
of work each week at this national rate for food service; it's highly unlikely an one employee would be offered this many shifts, but even if they were, when would they sell shoes and teach test prep then?). And 40K? where are you getting this from? More like $25K
after tax in a year for someone with 45-50 hours of wage earning work per week. Barely enough to stay above the poverty line for a single person in any metropolitan area, not to mention a family of any kind. EVEN assuming your PT job in college earned you 10K (Which is high), you are thinking people make THIRTY THOUSAND dollars a year on odd jobs? what a joke