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Well - it wasn't all that unrealistic when I was doing my degree. Quite a few people from my generation studied classics or philosophy for the sake of it.

The reality is that employers want to see evidence of application and achievement, and are just as happy to employ (e.g.) music grads as they are to employ engineers.

Or at least they used to be. Now they just want skilled interns who will work for free, and universities are supposed to produce cowed and stunted employees grateful for crumbs of corporate largesse and turbo-charged with the sacred urge to buy and sell shit.

Independent thinking is no longer welcome.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Mon Dec 17th, 2012 at 11:02:51 AM EST
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"Now they just want skilled interns who will work for free,"

Unpaid internships are so out of date. Nowadays interns are expected to pay for the privilege of gathering experience.

by Katrin on Mon Dec 17th, 2012 at 11:32:28 AM EST
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Tuition was a minor expense for both of my degrees back in the first half of the '60s.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Dec 17th, 2012 at 12:58:38 PM EST
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Independent thinking is no longer welcome.

So die civilizations.

I distribute. You re-distribute. He gives your hard-earned money to lazy scroungers. -- JakeS

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Dec 17th, 2012 at 02:08:18 PM EST
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