Once again I would like to give a good rant about my ever elongating stint as a professional job searcher. This time my target is master’s degrees. There have been multiple jobs that I have not met the qualifications for just because I didn’t have a master’s degree in what sounded like a made up field. I wouldn’t have applied to the jobs if I didn’t think I was at least kind of qualified. Apparently though, you need to spend thousands more dollars on education to be qualified for most jobs now a days. Now, I do not think all master’s degrees are bullshit. Just most of them. For instance, a master’s in education I could see as being beneficial, but did you know there was such a degree as a master’s in student development? Basically, a master’s degree in student development is a nice way of saying “a professional RA”. Anyone who’s had to deal with an RA knows that it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to do that job.
And that is exactly what a lot of master’s degrees are now it seems. They are just an expensive piece of paper that validates an employer’s euphemism of an essentially menial job. I might think that having a master’s would be worthwhile if the jobs requiring them were higher paying, but that isn’t necessarily the case.
My main peeve is at master’s in library science. This to me, is one of the kings of all joke degrees. Now, I love working in libraries. They are quiet, the jobs involved are usually incredibly easy, and I enjoy how a bunch of middle aged women fawn over me as I pick up extra large hard cover art books. I have seen essentially every aspect of working a small library while I was in college, and I did this just by working part-time at one for a year. One year, and I basically had a handle of the operation. At no time, did I feel that I needed a master’s degree to understand the inner workings of the library. I didn’t need a degree to understand the shelving system, or how new books were intergrated into circulation, or even how new books were purchased. All the paperwork and computer work was easily taught to me with absolutely no previous collegiate knowledge of how libraries work. So when I got home, being as lost as I am, I decided maybe I could start a career in a library. No such luck, because aside from being a page, most libraries strictly require a master’s in library science. This ranges from small local libraries up to college level ones.
Before I get chewed out, I am willing to admit that there must be some point in the library business, where you must need a library science degree. Maybe you work for a museum and you have to be able to catalog really old books or something. You might need some sort of historic knowledge of books to function in that position. Or maybe you work at a library like the Chicago library which has hundreds of thousands of books and periodicals. Maybe at that volume, a person might need to have some sort of organizational skills specifically for libraries. I can potentially see that being the case. But to require a master’s in library science for a small liberal arts college or a small town library just seems insane to me. And a master’s no less. I suppose that if I had known I liked working in libraries when I first started college, I wouldn’t have minded wasting thousands of dollars on a bachelor’s degree in library science. At least I could party the whole time. But graduates school is a whole other animal. To require people to spend even more money on a degree in something that will most likely not be very lucrative is just insulting.
When I was a kid I was told so long as I go to college, I can basically have a cushy life. I guess now though, since most people actually go to college, it s becoming necessary to get a master’s to put yourself ahead of the rest. Let’s be honest with ourselves though, most degrees in undergrad and grad school are a joke (minus the more technical degrees like engineering or what have you). Most of the time you just get retrained at your first professional job anyways. All a degree is for is to prove you can actually learn something and finish something. It proves you aren’t a retard. Then again, I have worked with some retards and they had degrees themselves, so I guess the system doesn’t work.
What puts the icing on the cake though, is for jobs where it would actually be beneficial to have a master’s degree, most of the time those jobs want even MORE experience. I have a cousin who is pretty damn intelligent. She majored in something like microbiology or molecular biology. Got a master’s degree and everything. Had the grades, had the research. Yet, when she wanted to go out and find a job, it took her months upon months to find one. She ended up having to settle for a job that was significantly beneath her prior research. You want to know why? NOT ENOUGH EXPERIENCE. She was working on government funded, high profile research in her graduate days and even that wasn’t enough for these companies. So even though she had plenty of school experience and research experience, it was still not enough. If she had a PhD I am sure that she wouldn’t have had so much trouble finding a job. So basically a master’s degree is a huge waste of time for most jobs that require them (librarians), and not sufficient enough for higher profile jobs that require more. In other words, fuck master’s degrees.