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the problem, sleepye, is what they get a degree in. |
i've met several recent grads that tell me they are making 10USD ( which is nothing in most places in the US) an hour doing something totaly unrelated to their degree, which i've found is usually a degree in philosophy..psychology....all of what we call Social Behaviour or degrees in Humanities.
I'm not putting anyone down that has done this, but that facts are = demand/supply. You get a degree in philosophy, and unless you get a PHD, which still might not matter, you are going to be a college professor more times than not.
That, of course, doesn't mean everyone witha medical degree will get their dream job, but I feel it's more likely.
I bet those two people you refrence have some kind of general degree...
Something else to consider is that the guy is 29 before he got his degree, which isn't totaly uncommon, but he might have a sad work history up until he graduated, which to an employer, would make him seem irreresponsible...the employer is going to say, gee, you worked at mcdonald's till you were 29!...not always, but I think you get my point. Jakeopher probably spent his 20s siphoning his parent's money..again, his fault and that defines his character.
In the US some jobs will run a credit check...they want to see how financially responsible you are. Employers care about character, i think, more than the degree, though the degree is often a requirment.
I realy don't feel guanxi is vital to success in the US.
"Do Americans have a strong sense of one's social class? Is it very difficult for the working class to become a middle-class?? Can "connections" change a working class to middle-class??"
Depends, because every teenager in the US can go to college...sure there are excuses of "i grew up in a rough neighborhood", or "my parents weren't rich enough"...to me that's all American BS....it's harder for some people, but it's a lazy culture that prevents alot of the American youth from getting a college education.
In a nutshell, I can tell you the poorer you are the more money the US federal and State government will give you to attend college...not to mention you can join the military and recieve a free money, now, i think, up to 50,000USD after you server for 3-4 years (depends on military branch)...see, no excuse, right???
no guanxi issues...just lazy.