Degrees with Expiry Dates LO6378

William J. Hobler, Jr. (
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 22:43:59 -0500

Replying to LO6314 --

Marion Brady wrote
> I'd write off at
>least 75% of what's taught in general, non-technical education as "ritual

While I agree that a large part of advanced degrees is ritual in nature, I
found both of my advanced degrees helpful. The first, an engineering
degree, reset my mental attitude to seeking for fact among opinion. The
second degree did not teach me anything I did not know, but it placed the
knowledge into a useful structure from which I could note similar patterns
in new areas of experience.

Place a time limit on degrees. I think not. If you have a degree and a
commensurate job, then you will continue to learn. Your method will be
learning by doing.

What value is added by expiring degrees? After 20 years in business I
know of no company that hires anyone, except new graduates, on their
academic performance or discipline. After gaining experience and having
success in work the degree is rather not relevant.

If I want to change my work discipline from, say electronic engineering,
to health care provider a degree program would probably be needed. ( William J. Hobler, Jr.) Bill


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