We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This has alway struck me as odd. In the first case, the argument is that the Liberal Arts are not designed nor valued to improve a student's job ability.
Then we see untold laments that college graduates, especially those from the Liberal Arts, as being underemployed or in jobs that don't require a college degree.
If college is not to improve your job skills, how can a college graduate be underemployed? How can jobs require a college degree when said degree doesn't provide unique skills to do the job?
Of course, we are generalizing to much as the much maligned STEM and other "vocational" majors very well could produce students who are then underemployed or in jobs that don't require their enhanced college-provided skills.
I fear there is a lack of critical thinking skills or deep thinking being applied to these reports. Past use of a "college diploma" as opposed to skills learned or say "math proficiency" as a proxy for individuals likely to succeed in a job would naturally start to fail when the college diploma became diluted by declining standards and increased attainment.
I'm a small contractor, property owner and property manager.
I could hire, right now, 10 people, male or female, gay, lesbian trans-sexual or f*ckin Martians. They need to show up on time every day, listen to and act on simple instructions, be not unfit, look at what they do, pick up their goddam trash when their task is done and know one end of a hammer from another.
The Bakken play alone is short 30,000 hands. That's 'thirty thousand'. And get this--the average pay is $100,000/yr. That's according to a guy in the biz, guest interviewing on the Gerri Willis show on Fox Biz a couple days ago. You could find him -- search [fox business news video ] and fiddle around 'til you get Willis' --the titles are informative.
'Floor hands' start out on 'backup tongs' --those big counterweighted wrenches. In between making connections --which get fewer and fewer as you get deeper and the penetration rate slacks off --you just sorta mess around doing a little housekeeping around the rig. Uphole (shallow, starting out the well) you may make a dozen connections in your eight hour 'tour' (pronounced 'tower'), downhole, deep, slow rate of penetration (depending on what area you're in) you might make one or none at all.
'Tripping the pipe' --that is, 'coming outta the hole' for a bit change and then 'going in the hole' to resume 'drlg ahead' is where the work is, but it's never really tough. I latched on to derrick hand ASAP as upstairs it's even quiet and there's no wet footing.