Getting into elite academic institutions and achieving high grades: Are those hoops smart careerists are no longer jumping through? The identity of academia as a special institution in society is being threatened.
A sign of the times, reports THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, undergraduate institutions have hired marketing experts who receive high six-figure compensation. In that same article it notes that Peter Thiel, whose actions creates shifts in perception, advocates skipping the whole higher education experince. Co-founder of PayPal, when Thiel unloaded his Facebook shares, the technology investment community noticed.
So, JDs might be pondering the smartness of not only matriculating at law school but also buying into the conventional wisdom of the bachelor degree as a must-do. For traditional employment, many find they must have that credential. However, there is less traditional employment. Even here in the senior citizen complex, based in New Haven, Connecticut, where I reside, an increasingly number of us are earning our living as well as income to supplement Social Security and pensions by continually speedreading the law of demand and supply. That requires animal-survival skills, not formal higher education.
Recently I picked up that media relations was where the demand was. I hustled for more experience in that niche. Now, my dance card is full. Do I regret my investment in higher education? Back then, times were different. Degrees, the more of them the better, opened doors.