Stupid Employer Tricks: Ten Ways That Employers Shoot Themselves in the Foot
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If I were doing this for David Letterman, the list would
look something like this:
#10: Pay as little as possible, irrespective of
#9: Promote relatives; skip over veterans
#8: Micro-manage middle managers
#7: Avoid talking personally with customers weekly
#6: Fail to implement a "How was our service?" program
#5: Fail to micro-manage the Webmaster
#4: Hold divisional meetings more than 30 minutes/week
#3: Fail to publish & enforce sexual harassment
#2: Promote only college graduates
#1: Neglect to pay withholding tax to the IRS
I put the college graduate requirement close to the "top" of
the list, right there under stiffing the IRS. Yet corporations
have been implementing this rule for a generation.
There is a reason for this, one which nobody in business
ever dares yo say publicly. Businesses are using the college
degree as a way to screen out members of voting groups that are
given special consideration by the federal government. The
bureaucrats have made it illegal, or close to it, for businesses
to use general testing to screen job candidates. They can use
highly specialized tests for certain jobs, but not general tests.
So, employers have gone to "college degree required"
screening strategy. They impose it on everyone, so that the
regulatory agencies won't be all over them for discrimination --
discrimination against morons, I guess. "No moron left behind."
The policy is a nevertheless bad one. What we learn in
college rarely has anything to do with our ability to perform in
a profit-driven business. The skills required to master a job
are not those imparted by a college-level textbook. I know of no
business firm that requires candidates for career advancement to
sit in business-operated classrooms for 50 minutes a day, 14
weeks per term, take notes, and read textbooks.
But there are lots of businesses that require this of entry-
level job-seekers. "No college degree -- no job."
They are screening for the ability to (1) be bored for five
years and not quit, (2) stay sober during the week, and (3).take
Any job that requires #1 and #3 as prerequisites, other than
licensed professions (physician, lawyer, CPA, dentist, etc.), is
a job you really ought to avoid. But maybe you're stuck, or
think you are. You want that college degree. How are you going
to get it?
Night school at a junior college is one way, or at least
half the way. It could be worse. I went back to night school
after I had my Ph.D. in order to get credits for a regulated
profession. It's not too difficult. But it takes time. I took
12 units in two terms. Had I gone to summer school, I could have
picked up another 6. At that pace, it would have taken me over
three years to earn my Associate of Arts degree.
There is another way: take written exams to quiz out. The
main ones are AP, CLEP, Dantes (military), and DSST. If you
hustle, you could pass one a month. In two years, you've got the
There are a handful of colleges that offer a B.A. by
examination. This is a good way to stay put and advance your
career. It takes time, but it can be done.
Is it worth it? It depends on your career choice, your
employer, and your desire to prove that you are college material.
There is a book by a New York Times writer, Linda Lee,
that shows that there are alternatives to college. It's called
Success Without College.
There comes a point in most careers when the job-holder says
to himself/herself, "There's more to life than this." For some
of these people, earning a college degree is a path worth taking.
But it's wise to stick only your big toe back into the academic
pool. Don't apply to a distant college, get accepted, quit your
job, and enter as a full-time freshman. That's a high-risk
strategy that isn't necessary.
You can buy a used textbook on eBay for $20. You can study
for a CLEP exam. You can buy a $20 CLEP how-to manual at the
local bookstore or on Amazon. For $50, you can take a CLEP. See
if you're ready for prime time. If you pass, you just earned
three college credits. If you don't pass, you get a warning:
"brick wall ahead -- consider alternative route."
The conventional ways through college are packaged in ready-
to-use, meaning ready-to-sell, formats. But there are loopholes
in every known man-made system. This includes higher education. I know of seven of them. I've just given you one.
If you use loopholes, you won't have to pay retail.
Never pay retail.
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