I participate on a few online communities that receive lots of broad comments – local boards, financial boards, and web design/development boards. It’s great to have a helping hand, and it’s nice to be able to assist when you can.
However, often you come across someone who decides to post how down-trodden they are in their current state. They can’t get hired because they’re a particular sex/religion/race/age, or “how dumb I was to get an Art History degree” or other “woe is me” type posts. As a friend pointed out, this person was getting interviews based on their resume – meaning that the company obviously was interested (they wouldn’t waste time interviewing someone ‘as a courtesy’). This person wasn’t hired, so she started listing the reasons for why it was so horrible for her, and she was relegating herself to be stuck in a server position for the rest of her life.
It’s very quick to judge online – and even more difficult to express emotions, sarcasm, and seriousness. So it’s no surprise that any comment that tried to help her was taken as a negative, which only reinforces the idea that “whoa is me – nothing can help me, and you’re an asshole for trying.”
Plain and simple – a degree is merely a piece of paper. I’ve met CEOs that held bachelor’s in liberal arts, department managers with art degrees, and designers with computer science degrees – we determine where we go, not by our degree, but by our own choices! The most important aspect of any degree is the ability to accomplish something difficult, and the critical thinking it takes to get there. Not everyone tries, not everyone succeeds. I’m still in school, and I hold a professional position with no degree and primarily personal experience. It’s not impossible!
This young lady felt that her degree limited her in her abilities, as some people often feel – it is NOT a limitation, but should open new doors for you, should you choose to open your eyes and sell yourself not as someone who majored in XYZ, but as someone who can accomplish your goals, find creative solutions, and keep on truckin’!