Originally Posted by Eternal Solitude
Someone stop the world I want to get off!
Pretty much lol. Although I think nationalism is pretty toxic as well.
I really don't like that some people in this thread bring up America when the OP is from the UK. Just because America is particularly bat**** insane on tuition doesn't mean we should be normalising it.
When I did my degree I felt it was way too much money and wouldn't have if it wasn't a government loan that you only pay back when you're earning a certain amount. This was before they increased tuition fees here too from 3k to 7-9k a year (depending on uni.) And they have so much propaganda before you go to uni to try and get you to go like when I was in school they had all these events I was supposed to go to because they had info on students who are unlikely to go to uni based on their postcode/family background etc.
They tell you all these lies like after you graduate you can get a job earning 31k a year. My friend got a decent job out of uni (well took a year,) and was initially earning like 19k I believe and is still renting a one bedroom flat in his late 20s.
At this point we know it's useless. Most degrees will secure you a min wage job if that because some employers won't hire you still because you're overeducated. I just don't think most can justify it. Housing here is insane, people are moving abroad and turning their cars into homes
so they can get some independence lol. Not to mention the public toilets.
It's quirky and fun until you realise the sheer reason you find stuff like that quirky and fun (if you do, I personally like weird stuff/decaying aesthetics) is a coping stategy for the insanity of the world. Ie: normalisation of chaos. (in case time stamp doesn't work it's 7:10 - 10:30 minutes in this video.)
I kept thinking about how many people feel this strong drive to create and how it helps them mentally when they struggle with mental health issues, and how my own lack of motivation in this area has been a fixation for me for most of my life because it feels very important (more than sex really,) and also thinking about Hitler and how he failed as an artist and how it seemed an important turning point. And I think I get it now. Aside from the drive against consumption, it's transformative properties allow the deferring of necessary social change in the group of people most likely to effect it. But the repeated recuperation
of radical art forms and capitalism's soulless commercialised art forms, leaves people nihilistic and disenfranchised because it's an invasion of their defence mechanism.
My parents bought a house in their 20s (neither went to uni at the start of their career/working life, though my mum eventually did much later just before I did,) and I think people that age struggle to understand what has become of the world they only know via their children so if their children are doing way better than average they have no idea.
Perhaps the most stupid part is that, after all this money employers often continue to complain about how students lack the correct skills. I don't know, maybe do it yourselves then instead of culturally delegating the task to universities?
That's why they need immigrants though, because slaves start to grock that they're slaves by observing their parents lives (and the lives of older people around them.) Or maybe they just see this YouTube video lol
(I've linked that one way too many times here but it's so bad lol.)
Professor Cary Cooper of the Manchester Business School said that he agreed with the report that some graduates lack social skills and the ability to conduct face-to-face conversations.
“They have been raised on Facebook and texting," he continued.
He added that young graduates are still enthusiastic to learn, but because they have less interest in staying at the same company, employers regard them with suspicion.
“The new graduates have seen older employees, who have been at their companies for many years, dismissed and treated like disposable assets. They are trying to protect themselves. So, in other words, that traditional contract has been broken for that generation.
“They simply don’t have the same loyalties that were expected in the past.”
Contrary to these results, official figures released in July revealed that where graduates chose to study strongly influences their employability prospects. For example, 92 per cent and 95 per cent of last year’s Oxford and Cambridge graduates respectively were working or studying six months after completing their degrees.
At the other end of the spectrum, nearly 23 per cent of London South Bank’s graduates last summer were unemployed after six months, along with almost 21 per cent of students from the University of East London.