I like my education, not for what it did “for me” but what it did “to me.” Which being interpreted means “not what it did for me in getting me employed” but what it “did to me in making me a different person.”
So I like this clip from a good article by Justin Marquis:
I understand the realities of the world and the capitalist economy we live in as well as anyone. Students want jobs after graduation. In fact, if they are going to survive outside of their parents’ homes, it is imperative that they find employment soon after receiving their diploma. As a liberal arts graduate who worked several retail management jobs immediately out of college, I can attest to two things. My undergraduate English and Religious Studies majors did not get me a job. But my liberal arts background and the intellectualism that it promoted did prepare me for a lifetime of learning and a variety of possible career paths. The latter of these two facts should not be undervalued in a hyper-connected global world where the career you prepared for as a student may already have become defunct by the time you graduate. Students need to be prepared for a rapidly changing world, and they need to be trained to be self-motivated learners who are capable of adapting to new skills, positions, or even entire new disciplines if they are going to be successful after graduation.