Can someone please explain to me how an individual can earn degree and nail a decent gpa and still be a functional idiot?
It has gotten to the point that getting a degree is like getting a credit card. If you have a pulse and show up you get some sheepskin.
This is a rant of mine because I am constantly interviewing sales people for my business and I am sick and tired of dealing with delusional idiots who have graduated from college and believe that they are worth a rock star’s salary when the have little experience and even less of a clue.
I have a word for all you fresh out of college, wet behind the ears punks, it’s called “WORK”! I don’t owe you shit because you haven’t done anything for me. In fact, you owe me for the opportunity to succeed because I have to take my time to train your dumb ass and undo all of the stupid shit your professors taught you. Professors, who by the way teach because they can’t hack it in the real world. Why sit in a classroom, get a mediocre wage, and worry about tenure when you could own your own business and write your own ticket. Think about it.
The top 4 salespeople at my company earn upwards of $250K per year and none of them graduated from college. Meanwhile the best performance from an individual with a college degree is about $50K. It barely pays for me to keep someone like that on board. The best part is the college kids all quit while the my non-degree earners have been breaking $100K per year like clockwork for the past 10 years.
Here is the former occupations of my top sales people
Green house assistant for a floral company.
Brick stacker for a brick mfg.
Receptionist at an auto dealership.
Owner of a janitorial company.
Now I realize that these people were diamonds in the rough and not everybody can produce these type of results. However I am really down on young, single, college graduates. Give me a middle aged housewife, with 3 kids, a mortgage, and a laid off husband and I’ll show you how to create a sales superstar.
I place the blame squarely on the schools. You have people who have very little real world job experience outside of the university system setting the standards for the type of education that people need to get jobs in the real world. Further, they delude these poor young kids into thinking that a degree is like a golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s factory. Once they have it they are in. The real world says, you start at the bottom of the ladder again sucker and I train you to do the job I need. So as an employer I get stuck with an unprepared, disillusioned, graduate. The only person who wins here is the school.
I have a very smart friend who has made millions marketing credit cards to the sub-prime market. Once we were having a discussion about the ethics of marketing credit to people who were actually on the brink of financial collapse and my friend said to me “Whether these people succeed or fail has nothing to do with me offering them a credit card. If you took everyone in America, reduced their debt to zero and then gave them $100 you and I would sacrifice and do without while we lent our $100 to someone who already spent theirs. The bottom line is you and I you and I will still wind up on top and the people I market credit cards to will still wind up exactly where they are at.”
The rational side of this argument is that there is value in college. If you want to be my doctor or my lawyer or the engineer who designs the brakes on my car I want you to have a good education.
However if all you want to do is make money. Find the people who are making it and make them your mentor. I spent 5 years working my way through college and for the next 10 years I made jack shit. Then I married into an entrepreneurial family, went to work for my father-in-law, who by the way never even graduated high school, and within 5 years I started my own business and became a multi-millionaire.
That’s my rant. Take it for what it is.