No Hire Education?


Preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow has always been the goal of higher education. In the past I thought schools did very well in achieving that objective. Today, I’m not as sure.

When I went to college in the early ’70’s, a liberal arts education was good enough for the society in which we then lived. Now schools must combine that love of learning with practical, tangible lessons in how to be successful in our present fiercely-competitive world arena.

That’s where I would like to fit in – but I can’t.

If I may immodestly say, for almost 30-years, I have successfully taught thousands of business people to make effective presentations.  I’ve worked for many Fortune 500 companies, have taken my seminars to every major city in the United States, and through 5-countries of Asia. I am a published author in my field with innovative  speech techniques and today my “Great Presentations” book is being pirated in 3-countries including China.

Besides great techniques, I know significant education must include inspiration and motivation – and I know I can perform at that level also. But my application will not even be read for a job as a city, substitute teacher, much less an instructor position at the community college or university level.  Why?  I don’t have a Masters Degree – and that’s the minimum requirement for being considered to teach today.

I have nothing against graduate degrees – really, I’d like to get one someday. But I am prepared right now to coach students to master public speaking in a different and exciting way that will put them ahead of their competitors in a perilous economy.

I know if I were an employer, I would choose a candidate who was taught to confidently and enthusiastically speak about my company over one who learned to remember only a small part of some obscure, advanced communication theory.

I wish our education institutions agreed.

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4 Responses to “No Hire Education?”

  1. babafisa says:

    Splendid article . Will definitely copy it to my blog.Thanks.

  2. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    What happened in the 35 years since a girl I knew with a Masters degree in Nursing had to LIE and say she only had a BA because when she told people she had a masters Degree, they said she was overqualified? In the 60’s out teachers had been around the world and seen the worst and the best and when they taught “Current Events,” there were no arguments that they didn’t know what was going on in the world. Yet my Grandkids- didn’t get taught Current Events. Past WWII. More than ever if a kid wants a real education he has to read on his own- like they have been trained to be mindless pegs on a gear, and the gear is just sitting on a rack of gears waiting for someone to build a machine with them, and everything is digitalized, they don’t need anymore gears.. I wish I lived in grape country and had my uncles applepress. To heck with moonshine I’d like to make homemade brandy and sell it to the judges and lawyers and police chiefs down south for $40 a quart. Time to take agriculture to a new level.

  3. Brenda says:

    I was the first person in my family on both my Mom’s side and my Dad’s side to graduate from college. I remember being young and thinking high school was going to be so hard and I’d be lucky to make it through. Well after I figured out high school was kind of easy, I thought college was going to be excrutiatingly difficult and I would never make it through. Well it took me 7 years to get my Bachelor degree not because college was difficult, but because I got sidetracked with too many other things. I took a few breaks over that 7 year period. Needless to say, I don’t think bachelor degrees really pay for themselves, intrinsicly maybe, but certainly not financially. I have figured out why? There are a lot of effin morons with these degrees. I am stunned they made it through high school, let alone college. It is pretty disappointing. Its like when a few families buy property in your neighborhood and let their homes become shambles, then your property value goes down right along with theirs.

  4. Joseph Belle-Isle says:

    What really screws up a neighborhood is when people buy in and either break a home into apartements or just rent to low lifes. But a BA will get you in the door to a government job with benefits just filling forms for people. In 1909 only 6% of the people had high school diplomas and 90% of the doctors had no college.

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