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Akaramu

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36000 on: October 12, 2017, 05:49:28 PM »
If it doesn't hinder him on a daily basis, why does he regret not getting the degree? Would he be eligible for a higher salary?

Melkor

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36001 on: October 12, 2017, 06:06:14 PM »
Status of having a degree.
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Delirium

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« Reply #36002 on: October 12, 2017, 06:14:06 PM »
Higher pay, status, easier to find open doors at desirable places of employment.
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MeTekillot

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« Reply #36003 on: October 13, 2017, 01:56:42 AM »
And the knowledge you acquire to earn the degree.
Where have you buried the body, MeTekillot?

Melkor

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36004 on: October 13, 2017, 02:47:37 AM »
Y'all know Joseph too? Small world.
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The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36005 on: October 13, 2017, 07:10:24 AM »
So, since I have the knowledge already, I don't need a degree  :P Besides, I don't think there is one.

As for a different thought, winter is coming (hah) and I've barely spent any time out in the sun. Either it was too hot for outdoors leisure, or I was too busy working indoors to go outside. Even on weekends. >:(

tapas

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36006 on: October 13, 2017, 01:36:08 PM »
Vertical and horizontal advancement. A job-seeker with a degree will generally be considered over one without. So it's easier to shop around for employment like a good millennial.

Molten Heart

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36007 on: October 13, 2017, 02:05:30 PM »
Degrees are expensive, but are they worth it?

Delirium

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36008 on: October 13, 2017, 02:16:53 PM »
Sometimes.
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Marauder Moe

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36009 on: October 13, 2017, 02:33:34 PM »
Got an engineering degree at a state university.  Even at out-of-state tuition rates, it most definitely paid for itself in my first two years of employment. 

STEM degree is 1000% worth it.  If you have any aptitude for it at all, I think it's your best avenue for upward economic mobility.  It future-proofs you as well.  As more and more labor (and I don't just mean manual, but service and clerical too) is being done by machines, you want to be the one building, fixing, or running the machines.

I think these days college may be too expensive to be used for post-adolescent self discovery.  You need to go in targeting a specific job and having already calculated the return on investment.

For someone who's a writer or an artist and profits directly from the merit of his or her work?  A much less certain investment.

Cind

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36010 on: October 15, 2017, 11:35:25 PM »
I just listened to a podcast episode of Planet Money for the top ten and bottom ten earning undergraduate degrees (people who earned these, did not earn further education, and went on to whatever job.) Bottom second was early childhood education; also in the bottom were a trio of art degrees and theater arts and social work. Nine of the top ten were engineering degrees, like electrical engineering and architectural engineering. The top one was petroleum engineering. Applied math for the win.
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Akaramu

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36011 on: October 16, 2017, 02:06:11 PM »
Being both a translator and an author pays off nicely, too. There's a huge demand for German translations of English books, and authors hesitate to hire Germans for these kinds of jobs because of a certain law (in Germany) that guarantees the translator 50% of the translated book's royalties. As someone who lives in Switzerland, I can offer far better conditions. And as a writer, I can craft a translated German book that reads well. Most translators don't possess the same degree of affinity. Those who do usually for big publishers and aren't available as freelancers.
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Delirium

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36012 on: October 17, 2017, 09:20:09 PM »
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Malken

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36013 on: October 17, 2017, 10:51:24 PM »
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Delirium

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36014 on: October 18, 2017, 12:34:38 AM »
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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36016 on: October 18, 2017, 05:35:10 PM »
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Booya

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36017 on: October 19, 2017, 10:04:44 AM »
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Molten Heart

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36018 on: October 19, 2017, 10:59:34 AM »
I just watched a coyote happily trot by on the sidewalk in front of my house.

Melkor

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36019 on: October 19, 2017, 12:26:17 PM »
I just watched a coyote happily trot by on the sidewalk in front of my house.

Coyotes are fascinating creatures. Insanely intelligent. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent to control their population over the last few decades, yet they have exploded across the continent.
Dan Flores has a wonderful book about them called Coyote America; it is a worthwhile read.
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TheWanderer

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Re: A Random Thought
« Reply #36020 on: Today at 12:22:31 AM »
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