Short – Worthlessis a book that should be given to every 16 year old that is just starting to figure out post-high school plans. The message is in its simplicity and needs to be spread.
I regularly rent cars for work due to my travels. I was picked up by a new Enterprise employee last week. It was his first week in his “career” there, and was full of pep and spark at the opportunity. He had graduated in December from a major university but couldn’t find a job in his field, hence is now a rental car agent. His degree? Economics.
Author and blogger Aaron Clarey (AKA Captain Capitalism) writes a very straightforward book about what majors to avoid (like our friend here, Economics is not a good major) and what to study in (primarily STEM) if you want to maximize your chances for financial success and paying off those student loans. Some of the majors he advises against go against typical wisdom, and when he lays out his logic, it makes a lot of sense; business and law being two that sound good on paper but may lose their luster upon graduation. Many others are worse than those (his one example of a dude who went back to school for a graduate degree in puppetry is hilarious).
His message is one that simply needs to be spread much further than it is. This book should be recommended reading for those just starting to think about post-high school and potentially college. Kids need to start to think about potential majors before they start to even think about schools, because schools are not all the same. Why go to a liberal arts college if you aren’t going to major in that (which you shouldn’t)? His message is that essentially college is expensive, and you will have higher likelihood of a better life if you major in a program that has usefulness to society. It doesn’t mean you won’t find a good job if you major in a non-STEM field, but it just means the chances are less and the risks higher (and pay notably less as well). Most would be better off going to tech or trade schools.
The writing is crisp, concise, and witty. It’s relatively short which is perfect for the intended audience. If you have kids on the cusp of college, give the book a read. Worthless: The Young Person’s Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major