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dogsafire Said,
March 19th, 2011 @2:30 am  

I can’t name names, but there are two good reasons for this to happen. First, you become “overqualified” for many jobs. You don’t get hired because the employer feels that you will want too high of a pay or that you may become dissatisfied with your job. Second, some academics just don’t mix well with other people. Brilliant, yes. Good team members, no.

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St. Ruger Said,
March 19th, 2011 @3:19 am  

Did you know that like 60% of people that work at the Gap folding jeans and practicing attitude have college degrees?

That’s what worthless degrees like CS, Communications, Marketing and Liberal Arts get you.

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Maryn Bittner Said,
March 19th, 2011 @3:44 am  

Sure, quite a few. If an academic area has little real-world application (Art History, Philosophy, Russian Literature. etc.), there are often not sufficient teaching jobs for all the PhD’s to be placed.

Still, the first time I saw my teaching assistant from college, who’d told us he’d be getting his PhD the same time we graduated, working at a Circle K, I was taken somewhat aback.

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neniaf Said,
March 19th, 2011 @4:10 am  

I can’t think of anyone right now, but certainly I’ve known such people over time. Most of them were unemployed because they had problematic personalities, or, in the case of a few, they came out on the job market at a time when there were more graduates than jobs, and by the time the market evened out, their resumes looked funny because it was obvious that they hadn’t worked for years. I do know of a lot of people, particularly in the humanities, who are underemployed – they are working as adjunct faculty at many different schools because they can’t find a tenure-track job at one.

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eri Said,
March 19th, 2011 @5:10 am  

Yep. It can happen after any kind of PhD – philosophy, English, research science. There just aren’t as many jobs available for those people as there are qualified people applying. If you always want to be able to find a job, go for law, medicine, or engineering.

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