Get a Degree in Whatever You Want! The Money Will Follow

"Follow your passion! Major in whatever you want - just get a degree."

My seventh grade teacher told me this. 

In high school, my teachers said similar things, but more frequently. As an undergraduate student, professors, classmates, and family repeated this line of thinking incessantly. Why do people say this?

Teachers (and many others) repeat this line of thinking to people every day. They've done so for the past few decades all across America and we now see the results of this indoctrination – millions of students have a degree related to their "passion" and now they're living the dream. These graduates all obtained amazing and rewarding jobs, and they now earn tons of money.

 The only problem is… it’s not true.

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People that follow their passion, when it comes to picking a college major, are not fairing well in the real world. They are underemployed or just plain unemployed. This is not the outcome that society "promised". Why aren’t all these passion-following people getting high-paying, rewarding jobs? There are 3 reasons.

1. Passion doesn’t equal competence

Just because someone is passionate about a field, doesn't mean they are competent in it. And you need to be more than just competent in something to get paid real money.

Ideally, you should be a craftsman in your field.

Most people think they’re passionate about something, but in reality, they’re only moderately interested in it. If they were truly passionate about it, they would invest the time required to become a craftsman. They would work at it day and night for many years. 

But, even if someone was willing to put the work in, who is to say that their passion is worth anything to anyone else? That brings me to reason number two.

2. There probably isn’t a market for most people’s passion

The number of worthless college majors seems to grow every year. If the major has the word “studies” at the end of it, it is most likely a totally worthless degree. It is also very likely that the program is incredibly easy to get into and to graduate from.

People are stumbling into these degree programs because they are forced to take irrelevant elective courses in order to graduate. The number of worthless electives forced upon undergraduates in order to earn a degree has grown steadily over the years. They get a good grade in these easy courses and then mistakenly think they have a passion for the “field”. So, they declare a new major and hop on the bandwagon.

But who is going to employ all the thousands of people majoring in 19th century gender studies?

No one. That’s who.

3. People aren’t doing basic research into their “passion” degree

We live in a world of information overload. Never in this planet’s history has there been so much information so freely available, and on any topic, you can think of.

Think about the last time you purchased something online that you’ve never purchased before. There is a very good chance that you looked at the ratings and reviews for that product. These ratings and reviews probably told you everything you needed to know about the product – the quality, durability, usefulness, etc. And if that wasn’t enough, you could plug that product name into any search engine and get hundreds, if not thousands, more reviews and review videos. The point hear is that you almost never have to gamble on an unknown product – you have a million resources to help you make a good decision.

So, why in the world are people spending tens of thousands of dollars and multiple years of their life to obtain garbage degrees in worthless fields?  

Seriously. I want to know.

At any time, these people could do a quick search to determine what the job prospects are for any given college major. They could also determine what the average salary would be very easily. This is not rocket science. Isn’t it intuitive that you would attempt to determine what the payoff would be for such a large investment?

Apparently not.

The problem with worthless degrees

The number of people obtaining a worthless degree continues to grow, year after year. And the people obtaining these degrees are disgruntled. Worse yet, they are organizing and voting. They think the system is rigged against them and there are enough of them that they can take from the productive class by force; through legislation, which is a type of force, or by literal force if they can’t pass the legislation.

The system isn't rigged. But these people were lied to. That's a fact. The anger should be directed at the people spreading the lie.

Conclusion

Telling people to “follow their passion” when picking a college major is having disastrous effects. Your “passion” is irrelevant when it comes to picking a college major. A student should instead focus on what they have an aptitude for. They should determine what field they can become an expert in that society also has a need for. Students can find such fields easily by searching the internet.

Finally, please don’t  repeat the “follow your passions” mantra to anyone else. This well-meaning advice is destroying individuals’ lives and putting incredible pressure on the rest of society. 

Just say no to “follow your passion”.


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