I am a thinker and a writer, and I study the universe.

Specialized Vocation vs. Liberal Education

My idea of education is that it is supposed to teach you how to work in the real world. So many people elect a field of study that teaches them a specific vocation, including nursing, engineering, dentist hygiene, or occupational therapy. However, these degrees can only get you so far. Many, many people are in these degree programs that soon jobs will be filling up too quickly. Someday, when we have enough nurses or engineers, these degrees will be worthless. I think a liberal education is better than a technical or specialized education. That is why I elected a liberal arts degree, and I am not sorry about it. Liberal arts degrees teach you skills that you can apply into almost any job: writing, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, etc., while a degree in, say, nursing only teaches you how to be a good nurse. Education is supposed to teach you how to work in the real world, the whole world. Degrees in nursing or engineering only teach you how to work in the nursing or engineering world. A degree in, say, philosophy, teaches you how to work anywhere!

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