Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sad realities for students today choosing their futures

There is so much truth in these two hard-hearted realities.
Now I'm waiting for the "So you want to be an engineer" cartoon for high school students who got an A in Calculus and figure that doing well in math up through high schools means they will make wonderful engineers and be guaranteed jobs for the rest of their lives.

Or the cartoon for "So you want to be a political science major" for the kids who enjoy following current events but have no idea what type of job they'd get with such a major.

And I bet that they're already working on "So you want to go to medical school" cartoon. There's a lot of reality there that students need to hear.

Truly, I worry about all the bright, optimistic students I see every day with great dreams about how there will be jobs for them no matter what they major in because they've always done well in high school classes and so assume that the jobs will be out there for them if they take classes in subjects that interest them like 19th century Russian novels or historical linguistics (two subjects that I enjoyed in college until I woke up and realized that there were no jobs for me in those fields.)