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Triple-majoring in graduate school...

Fairfeld, H. (2007). Master’s Degrees Abound as Universities and Students See a Windfall. New York Times. September 12, 2007. Available online: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/12/education/12masters.html?ref=education.

Somehow, this makes me feel more normal:

And many students believe that these multiple degrees are highly valuable in today’s competitive job market.

Rey A. Phillips Santos has three graduate degrees gracing his résumé: two master’s and one in law. After completing the master’s of arts program in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, he decided to go on to the Chicago-Kent College of Law, in a joint-degree program in environmental management with the Stuart Graduate School of Business.

“There is a huge demand for credentials in high-level jobs now,” said Mr. Phillips, who is a lawyer for the Chicago city government. “Each of my degrees helped me to get a leg up in the job market, and earn higher salaries than I would have otherwise. They were great investments.”


(Though, in fairness, Mr. Santos seems to be building up an M.A., M.B.A., J.D. pedigree, while I'll stick to the M.A., M.A., Ph.D. wilderness.)

Another good part about such a crazy track? Avoiding tunnel-vision lock-in.

19:25 Posted in Academia | Permalink | Comments (2) | Tags: graduate degrees

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I actually worry sometimes that equating degrees with credentials is opening the door for more diploma mills and not-so-great proprietary colleges that are out to sell "credentials," not necessarily the relevant experience and skill one needs to succeed in a job (not just at the job market game).

I can relate to Mike from PhD Comics, though: yesterday I read a 400-year-old book, and later struggled to subtract 79 from 88. My skill set ain't exactly Wall Street material.

Posted by: fl | Wednesday, September 12, 2007

"I actually worry sometimes that equating degrees with credentials is opening the door for more diploma mills and not-so-great proprietary colleges that are out to sell "credentials," not necessarily the relevant experience and skill one needs to succeed in a job (not just at the job market game)."

Excellent point, and great tie-in to your post on Shakespeare [1]!

"I can relate to Mike from PhD Comics, though: yesterday I read a 400-year-old book, and later struggled to subtract 79 from 88. My skill set ain't exactly Wall Street material."

The other weekend we struggled to calculate 20% of $9. Heh.

[1] http://primroseroad.blogspirit.com/archive/2007/09/14/the-authorship-coalition-pt-2-shakespeare-goes-to-college.html

Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Saturday, September 15, 2007

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