The Daily Beast has a new piece out that charts the economic impact of choosing a major in University. As usual philosophy is on the list of most useless degrees.
As someone with a philosophy major I totally agree that it may be the poorest choice for anyone who is looking to land a job right out of school. My first gig was working at the local produce store. But once you get a couple of years under your belt, having the ability to think and communicate clearly is more important than anything and the long term benefits become clear.
Another thing to remember is that getting a job is way less fun than making a job. Do you really want to be a cog in someone else’s machine? Forget conventional wisdom. Build your own startup and take whatever degree you want.
Oh but if you’re still interested i finding out how you plug into the machine, here are the majors to avoid: