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Old 05-14-2019, 12:07 PM
 
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Speaking as a hiring manager and business owner, your comments are right on the mark. It is not just the questionable value of a degree in Art History, it is also my thoughts about the type of person that would spend 4+ years and thousands of dollars to pursue that degree. I hire for business admin type positions now and I just can't overlook the fact that someone did such a horrible job of preparing themselves for the job market and failed to invest their educational spending in an area with a chance at a favorable ROI. It is not my responsibility to bail people out of their poor choices, if they wanted a corporate job they should have known better than to waste their own or their parent's money on degrees that are really just relics of a university system that catered to the wealthy elites that didn't even need to work for a living.
What degrees do you prefer your applicants to have?
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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What degrees do you prefer your applicants to have?
Exactly. So many of people get business degrees...and don't know how to think for themselves.

I would much rather hire someone who can think and solve problems, than an "order taker" with a B.B.A.

One of my best business analysts years ago had a non-business degree.
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Old 05-14-2019, 02:16 PM
 
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One of my best business analysts years ago had a non-business degree.
That's because people great at business know it. They know taking a BA in business they would learn nothing. To get even better at business they study something else.
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Old 05-17-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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This is an interesting read. Yes, I entered into the corporate workforce in the telecommunications industry in the late 90’s. Several of my older, experienced colleagues at the time had all sorts of backgrounds, many with military experience or training through the company. A sprinkle of data processing mixed with their LA degrees, but nothing like today. It was the younger group of us that held EE/CS degrees. This particular company did skew towards hiring people with degrees, so it was more likely to find people with some sort of training somewhere.

I know retired people who worked at IBM for their entire career. They went through the company training programs. At my last employer, where people had been around for 20-30~ years, again a general degree, worked in industry for a while, then moved to the systems side. They had domain expertise so that got them in the door for technical training.

Healthcare is a field that is experiencing the last point right now. It is difficult (not impossible) to get into healthcare IT in certain roles. It’s not only about the systems. The terminology, considerations, and current healthcare system setup and requirements are such to where it’s easier to take a nurse, doctor, or hospital administrator and send them down the IT path vs the other way around. True, the don’t have humanities degrees, but they could potentially make a career change without a specific degree.
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