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Topic:  Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
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giacomo
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  Message Not Read  Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
   Posted: 7/9/2021 1:12:07 PM 
https://www.wsj.com/articles/financially-hobbled-for-life...

One example is getting a Masterís in film from Columbia, racking up 181k in debt, then making 30k a year.
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greencat
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  Message Not Read  RE: Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
   Posted: 7/9/2021 11:39:51 PM 
giacomo wrote:
https://www.wsj.com/articles/financially-hobbled-for-life...

One example is getting a Masterís in film from Columbia, racking up 181k in debt, then making 30k a year.


I.T. and software related nets the big bucks as does medical/nursing related.

Not sure if the Global Biology Master's my daughter is working on through Fiami is going to pay big benefits but she and her class are in Belize this week. She was pretty psyched about that trip.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
   Posted: 7/9/2021 11:54:51 PM 
One of my granddaughters is starting in the fall at a expensive private school in California and majoring in dance. Unless she makes it in Hollywood, or something like that, she and her parents will have a big debt and she'll be teaching dance in a high school somewhere and they'll be lucky to pay off their debt by the time she's 50. And, this takes into account the money her grandparents saved up in a college fund for her that will probably not cover much more than tuition for the first year. The basics of economics seem missing from this equation, and I'll admit that I haven't spoken up too loudly for fear of alienating my daughter whose attitude is to support whatever the kid wants. I submit that this a big problem going forward and that my family is part of the problem and not the solution.

Let me add that the money we've saved up in her college fund would go a long way toward a college education at a state university, particularly in her home state of New York. There is a good state school there that's fairly highly ranked in dance, but it's in the northern part of the state, and doesn't have the nice weather or the prestige of the California school that was chosen. Those two factors were crucial in her decision-making process.

Last Edited: 7/10/2021 12:03:26 AM by OhioCatFan


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OUPride
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  Message Not Read  RE: Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
   Posted: 7/10/2021 11:44:35 AM 
I think the article is a little disingenuous by only going two years out. Most people who start out in the entertainment industry do so paying their dues as assistants. I'd like to see what many of those Columbia grads are making in the film and television industry ten years out. I think the picture might be drastically different, but that wouldn't fit the preconceived narrative that they're shooting for.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Top Masters Degrees Fail To Pay Off
   Posted: 7/14/2021 10:27:39 PM 
Some six or seven years ago a couple of friends asked my advice since they both had daughters going to college and majoring in Elementary Education. I suggested that since they were going to get a MA anyway, why not get a Child Psychology certification, go a year longer and pretty much be assured of employment. One of the young women did just that and had a job early in her final Spring semester. The other did not and sub and waitressed until she re-enrolled to get the Child Psychology designation. Now she is accumulating more debt. I wish students were told these things, because the information they need are often just glossed over and not truly explained.
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