Opportunity costs of engineering degree, worth it?

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Subject: Opportunity costs of engineering degree, worth it?
To those of you have studied any sort of economics, you would understand the simple concept of Opportunity cost.

Now let´s compare an engineering degree to an arts degree in Canada.

Engineering degree:
1.Twice the tuition
2.No social life
3.No literacy
4.No girls (or guys)
5.Sterotyped in job interview
6.Compete with foreigner
7.Destined to be an employee for life
8.Earns roughly 50k starting out

Arts degree:
1.Cheap tuition
2.Have a life
3.A broad liberal education
4.Learns something about our world
5.Make some normal friends
6.Can´t compete for technical job
7.Advantage in starting a business
8.Works for around 30k-40k starting out

So in conclusion, if you´re dumb and need a degree to advance your career, go for engineering, don´t go for arts or you´ll be flipping burgers.

If you´re ambitious and believe you´re better than the rest of the artsy, your liberal knowledge will put you above almost everyone in the long run.


[24-08-2006,00:10]
Anonymous
(in reply to: Opportunity costs of engineering degree, worth it?)
Engineering degree:
1.Twice the tuition

- wrong, engineers pay 200-300 more per year, and we also pay back our student loans years before arts students do because we make about 40% more money right out of school.

2.No social life

-Engineering is a brotherhood, engineering parties are crazy.. just because we work hard doesnt mean we dont have fun.

3.No literacy

-Engineers normally are permitted 2 arts electives per year, so saying that engineers are not taught to write is simply a lie.

4.No girls (or guys)

-There is a shortage of girls true.. but it doesnt really bother me, i go to class to learn not to flirt

5.Sterotyped in job interview

-Engineers are interviewed by other engineers normally.. so why would we steriotype ourselves?

6.Compete with foreigner

-Foreigners cannot compete with Canadian educated engineers, oftern forien engineers cannot even qualify for professional designation, not to mention they have poor communication skills.

7.Destined to be an employee for life

-An engineer is actually MORE likly to start a business than other university graduates because they have a skill that few others have. Besides 99.99% of people work for somone else so dont talk like its a lowly thing.

8.Earns roughly 50k starting out

-Earns OVER 50K starting out, the only exception is civil engineering.

Arts degree:

1.Cheap tuition

-To go to school out of town it costs an artsy 15,000 and an engineer 15,300.. Big deal.

2.Have a life

-arts students have so much free time that they do nothing all day while eng and sci are getting their moneys worth at school.

3.A broad liberal education

Yeah, arts get broadly educated in usless things.

4.Learns something about our world

And what is this mystery thing that arts students learn and engineers dont?

5.Make some normal friends

By normal friends, i assume you mean unmotivated friends.

6.Can?t compete for technical job

right on the button

7.Advantage in starting a business

NO advantage in starting a business, you need MONEY to start a business which will take you a very long time to aquire seeing as though your student loan will be larger than your annual income. You also need to sell some type of product or service, and since you have no skill in anything i suppose it has to be a product.OK so save up for your whole life and open a used shoe store or somthing.

8.Works for around 30k-40k starting out

nah libral arts grads took home 30K average last year, the market is saturated with you buggers because EVERYONE goes to university nowadays.



Exactly how does it make someone dumb to get a head start in earnings, and in a career?

And why would a very talented and motivated arts student go farther than a motivated talented engineer?

[24-08-2006,01:04]
Anonymous



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