Category Archives: Work

Stupid Degrees

Benjamin Franklin once said “The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.” The thing is, Ben probably wasn’t talking about a degree in puppetry. You see, not all education is equal. 

Puppetry

The University of Connecticut offers both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Puppetry.

Just because you spend tens of thousands of dollars earning a degree doesn’t mean you are instantly valuable in the marketplace. I’m sorry but the only thing you’re going to be able to do with a degree in European medieval history is teach European medieval history, that or work at Starbucks.

It’s unbelievable the majors some colleges offer, for example:

Pop culture – Bowling Green State University (Hipsters need not apply-too mainstream)

Adventure Education – Plymouth State University (wha!?)

Canadian Studies
– Duke (again… wha!?)


Floral Management
– Mississippi State University (pretty flowers go in the vase 101)


The Beatles
– Liverpool Hope University (I love the Beatles, and now I’ve got a degree to prove it…)


Puppetry
– University of Connecticut (Sesame Street here I come! Wait, your not hiring… uh oh.)


Comedy
– Humber College (either you got it or you don’t…have you ever asked to see a comedians resume?)


Nannying
– Sullivan University (with an average annual income of $19,190 in the state of Indiana i’m thinking a degree might not be necessary)

Before you spend a fortune on a degree you need to have an economic model in place to earn an income. Make sure that economic model fits your life plan as well.

One of the podcast I listen to from time to time is the Dave Ramesy Show. The following clip is from his radio show and it is about this exact subject. Sometimes Dave gets a little worked up and this is one of those times.

Enjoy.

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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Karoshi: Why You Need Life Balance

Karoshi:

Ever heard of karoshi? It’s a Japanese term used to describe a cause of death. It is a growing problem in Japan and its main victim: working class men. It is causing seemingly healthy men to die at early ages in their offices, places of work, homes, and even in their beds. What is this killer that is plaguing their nation?

Work.

An Early Grave

Literally karoshi is translated: death by overwork. Japanese men are working themselves to death. Nobody wants to go that way. We want to leave this life surrounded by loved ones not TPS reports and expense sheets. In 2002 Kenichi, a 30 year old, died at work suddenly and unexpectedly of karoshi. He told his wife the week of his death, “The moment when I am happiest is when I can sleep.” Young healthy men are putting in obscene amount of overtime to companies to show their loyalty and are paying the ultimate price.

Work is good and it is an important part of your life, but it should not be the only part. It should not exclusively define you. As you graduate and begin the process of making work an even bigger part of your life, remember that.

Life Balance:

Work, family, friends, church, community, recreation, and personal development should all be a part of what you invest in. Those investments of time and energy don’t have to be equal, but it shouldn’t look like a 70% investment in work and a 5% investment in every other category. If that balance is too far out-of-whack you become incredibly vulnerable.

For example, the doctor who works 70 hours a week and only invests time into his career is going to go into shock if he loses his job or even worse his ability to be a doctor. “Who am I if not a doctor?” “How am I of any value?” Someone who views themselves and their value exclusively by their position at a company, their job title, or their profession are setting themselves up for identity crisis.

Don't let work exclusively define who you are.

Don’t let work exclusively define who you are.

A better approach to work and life balance.

A better approach to work and life balance.

Remember:

As you begin you begin thinking about who you are and what kind of vocation you want to get into, remember your work doesn’t have to conflict with the other areas of your life. If you can identify your passions, utilize your talents, and create an economic plan to profit from those things, you can create a lifestyle that is balanced and fits you perfectly.

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