College Isn’t Job Training

For English Majors

         College isn’t job training.


I’ll probably be detained in an airport now for uttering such heresy, given that many college students think they’re preparing themselves for “careers” and colleges encourage them to think this.  It’s sad to consider it, really, because so many people, once they’re out of college and launched in these careers, spend a lot of time complaining about their jobs, their bosses, the commute, co-workers, deadlines, the company’s policies, salaries and all the rest.  It’s sort of terrible to consider that college skills training is preparing you for a career you can spend the rest of your life complaining about.


          Of course there’s more to complain about these days—lack of jobs, the promise of instability, the increasingly unlikely prospect of home ownership.  Depending on your outlook, these may seem like the least of our future problems.  A college education…

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