I knew one day a BA had to become useful

A BA is no longer a useless degree…you can use it to get a filing job for $10 per hour…yes all you teacher out there sitting all smug in your taxpayer funded job you got off the back of a BA…it’s worth $10 an hour in the real world…where they pay in real dollars.

The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.

Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills. 

This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school.

“College graduates are just more career-oriented,” said Adam Slipakoff, the firm’s managing partner. “Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They’re not just looking for a paycheck.”

Economists have referred to this phenomenon as “degree inflation,” and it has been steadily infiltrating America’s job market. Across industries and geographic areas, many other jobs that didn’t used to require a diploma — positions like dental hygienists, cargo agents, clerks and claims adjusters — are increasingly requiring one, according to Burning Glass, a company that analyzes job ads from more than 20,000 online sources, including major job boards and small- to midsize-employer sites.


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  • Teachers get Bachelors of Education, Law students will often attach a BA to their LLB and then go work for Parliament including those currently occupying the Young Nats.

    Those with BA’s have often been leaders in this country (dread yes Helen Clark but I was thinking Business leaders here) and the trusty old BA go ask those boring philosophical questions there.

    And businesses seem to be seeking graduates with a BA attached as the BA (should be) allows the grad to be more well rounded and articulate with reasoning, communication and know how to think rather than be yes men and spit out spoon fed bullshit that is often seen…

    Disclaimer: Yes I have a BA (Geography and Political Studies) and am currently starting up a fledgling business with three others… (and yes it was a painful four years in Dr Raymond Miller’s classes being the sole bloody Nat student in a room full of Labourites including Bomber – although did manage to “recruit a few over to the Nats in my final year)

  • TeacherUnionsRscum

    The workers who didn’t go to uni seem to be the hardest workers, as they don’t have this jumped up overvalued opinion of their “worth”, such as “I shouldn’t need to start at the bottom I went to uni!”

  • Businesses don’t particularly want a BA attached, but a second degree to show a more diversified knowledge. It is just unfortunate that students go for an easy BA rather than something more useful.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Or they could continue on and do a PhD only to discover there’s zero demand, not even WINZ can help you… And their recommendation is to apply to McDonalds for a job!

    Guess what? McD’s would unlikely be interested either because she’d be far too over qualified and the employer would know that the moment the PhD got a hint of a better prospect, she’d be out the door quick as anything.

    DON’T do a BA… Do a BE instead. Employment prospects are much, much better the world over.

  • Chartist

    The Forbes youngest billionaires list shows drop outs and BA’s consistently as the degree to have.


  • cows4me

    Yeah to true, who the fuck needs a bullshit artist award. I’ve told my kids to go to university only if they have a chosen career in mind. We have saved for all our children’s higher education, if they need it but we have had to cash one child’s savings in as he left school to work. Both myself and wife aren’t Gods gift to higher education but we ain’t slumming it. Success doesn’t require a wall full of certificates but a will to succeed and hard work.

  • JC

    I once did quite a bit of work for a self made millionaire whose qualifications were printed on his business cards.. “NFDAA”.

    When I asked what they stood for.. yep.. “No fucking degrees at all”.


    • Mr_Blobby

      You are right the number of people who have done well simple because 1. they had a 3-4 year start on there peers and 2. they had the will and desire to work hard and suceed.

  • Mr_Blobby

    The most useless degree is the one they give out to solo mothers who have no interest in ever finding proper paid employment.

  • J.M

    My BA seems to have served me pretty well so far. Have had an interesting career so far in a number of different countries.