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College Graduates Are Pummeled With Cliches

I'm Asking: Are These Real World Clichés, Cliché?

U.S. News & World Report published a list of "commencement clichés" for recent college graduates, and attempts to shed light on what's reality after you've taken off the cap and gown. I'm wondering if you think that the clichés they list, and the corresponding realities they've interpreted for each, are in fact cliché in your eyes.

  • Follow your passion. What they say: "To make money, pick a field that pays decently and has few liabilities. Chances are, that will lead to more career contentment than pursuing a long-shot dream as your career."
  • You've got to pay your dues. What they say: "Many higher-ups think of employees willing to do scut work as drones, even losers."
  • Make a difference. What they say: "The nonprofit and government sectors are notoriously inefficient. Working for an ethical business–or starting your own–may make a bigger difference to society."
  • Education pays. What they say: "Where possible, get your learning in the real world. Grad school is a must if you want to be a brain surgeon or a professor, but for many careers, you'll learn more of practical value on the job."
  • Be true to yourself. What they say: "Follow your internal compass, but seek advice from older mentors you respect and other people who know more than you do."


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MindayH MindayH 9 years
Those are all cliche...but I feel that people who are looking for jobs and say they are "proactive" and are "multitaskers" - who is going to admit that they aren't either of those things?
avettafawna avettafawna 9 years
I agree with ktown. In a lot of fields you can't even begin your career until you "pay your dues". Most journalism jobs require that you have a certain amount of (unpaid) internship experience before they will hire you for a paid entry-level job. Similarly, a lot of law students spend their summers as summer-associates for the firms they hope to be hired at upon graduation. There is a lot to be said for starting at the bottom and working your way up.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
i agree with some of the advice up there, but i don't think employers who see people doing scut work as "losers." i have a 4 year degree, and i went to graduate school, and i'm a legal clerk. I'm willing to pay my dues, because above all else, i gain experience and insight. how are you supposed to start at the top, if all you have is an education and no work experience?
syako syako 9 years
in my experience my master's has put me ahead of the competition and landed me my first job (i got the first job I interviewed for) so that isn't always correct. I think it depends on your field. I'm in mass communication and the field is super saturated with B.A.'s so having the master's really has helped me so far.
ladypenguin ladypenguin 9 years
I agree with their views on "Education pays" and "Be true to yourself." But on the others??? Follow your passion: Yeah, it helps to be practical, but I don't think their advice should be give up on your dream and pick something that pays better. I mean, we're not talking about kids who can't make a free throw wanting to be a pro basketball player. Be realistic and look for opportunities that will help you get closer to your dream job. Pay your dues: Um, there's a difference between being willing to do the grunt work and doing only the grunt work. Doing the stuff no one else wants to do will make your coworkers appreciate you, but be sure to also ask to help out or give your ideas and bigger and better things. Make a difference: You can certainly make a difference in a nonprofit or a government job (even if they are inefficient, which is a pretty big generalization).
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
Yes, I agree imLissy. The sad thing is I have experienced in my field and was laid off. Now I can't even get back into the field b/c all the entry level position, I am over qualified for and the advance positions, some of those I am also OQ for so. I had to take another job. It just seems once your at a job and you have a lay off, it's so hard to get back on track.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
That's exactly why I decided not to go for my MS bellaressa. I heard a lot of people saying things like that. The people I know who i work with that have their MS are getting paid the same as me, but they have more work to do. How's that for fair? They may eventually get promoted faster, but I'm rather content where I am.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
This advice is interesting. There are a lot of people who can't find a job in their field and so they take other jobs to gain work experience but more importantly to pay the bills. Most people, go back to school and get a Master's Degree or certificates to try to look more marketable to employers and to get a leg up to get a job; now this research is out and this is very discouraging. It's basically you're dam* if you do and you're dam* if you don't. I have had jobs turn me down b/c I have a MS degree and work experience and tell me I am "over qualified" and that sucks b/c I really do not feel that you can really be over qualified, there is always something you can learn; I have even had jobs tell me if I didn't have my MS that I would be hired. Sighs.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
I agree with some of those like "pay your dues". I see so many people pissy about their first jobs and how miserable it is and how they don't deserve to be there. Yeah well you think the people on top started on top? no, they had to put in their time too. If you don't like it start your own business.
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