“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”
— Henry David Thoreau
“I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me.”

The Value of Your Degree

What is the true value of a degree? BA, MBA, PhD, JD?

The more I understand how things work, I get that feeling that the major benefit of getting a degree is that it simply opens doors to opportunities that are otherwise unavailable.

When you go to an interview, the presence of your degree is just another tick in the check box of qualifications that show you belong. What’s surprising is once you get a job and start your career, the value of your degree drops dramatically. Who cares about your GPA, that you were honors, that you got a double major, what matters most at that point is your experience.

The other benefit comes from the instant credibility you earn that in some odd way shows that you are 100% qualified for your area of expertise, but does this make sense?

Just because you have a PhD you are qualified to be a professor? Just because you’re an MBA you should know how to handle finance and run a business? It seems that these degrees have allowed us to make overly general assumptions about the quality of people holding them and their capabilities.

What’s even more crazy, is that many current graduates are having trouble finding a job in this market and their solution is to go back to school and get another degree. But to what end?

It surely seems that all degrees are resulting in ridiculous amounts of debt, questionable assumptions, and no guarantees. So is it really worth it?

Why Infographics Suck

I used to love infographics, when I first discovered them. The whole idea of data visualization was intriguing and exciting. My nostalgia didn’t last long though.

The problem is infographics tread the fine line between good design and making information more accessible, keyword more, not less. 

Unfortunately, most infographics nowadays are either visually pleasing, but you have no idea what information they are conveying OR you may as well be reading the information in a report instead of an infuriatingly long image (who made this the standard anyways?!).

So I completely agree with the sentiment over at Honest Ape:

There’s a way to make information visualization valuable and some infographics still do, but most seem to have lost their way.