Five Degrees of Separation – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on May 16, 2008 


An oldie but goodie for this graduation season:

–A graduate with a Science degree asks, “Why does it work?”

–A graduate with an Engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”

–A graduate with an Accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”

–A graduate with a Law degree asks, “Are you sure beyond a reasonable doubt?”

–A graduate with a Liberal Arts degree asks, “Would you like fries with that?”

Technical Problems
No fancy text formatting today. Notice the dashes rather than bullets on the list above? My WordPress rich text editor has disappeared so I’m having to write this post using purely HTML. I’ve found some fixes recommended online but am waiting on my “technical team” to do the fix.

I tried to get my subheads in bold, but once I got the bold “turned on”, it continued throughout my post, even though I used the end code, so I took it out.

What’s the Delay, WordPress?
This seems to be an ongoing, common bug with no single explanation. (The text editor, not the bold formatting issue. That’s just my ignorance that I don’t have the time nor interest to overcome this morning.)

Experts or Generalists?
Maybe WordPress hasn’t nipped this problem in the bud yet because they are relying on “experts” to fix the problem, and they need a generalist to integrate information across seemingly “unrelated” fields to fix it. Maybe a Liberal Arts grad? Might find a few working at McDonalds.

Have you been successful with a Liberal Arts degree?

Filed Under Corporate Values, Employee Engagement, Personal Observation, Requisite Organization, Talent Management


4 Responses to “Five Degrees of Separation – A Friday Funny”

  1. Brian G. on May 16th, 2008 10:30 am

    My answer to your question is: kind of.

    I hedged my bets and got a technical AA degree and started a career in IT. Worked for five years, then got a BA in English while still working full-time.

    I’ve found the mix of technical and liberal arts educations to be quite useful in IT. Technical folks aren’t always the best communicators, so my handle of language and communication has helped considerably.

    And now I’m jumping out of Corporate America for grad school(s). Back to college living, hooray for ramen!

  2. Michelle Malay Carter on May 16th, 2008 2:20 pm

    Hi Brian,

    Welcome. Sounds like you covered all your bases. Glad to hear it worked out for you.

    I actually got my masters in liberal arts. It wasn’t the wisest business decision, but it allowed me to create my own curriculum. I was 30 at the time and I knew what I was curious about what I wanted to study. I didn’t want to be restricted in the courses I took. It worked out well for me.

    Thanks for the comment.



  3. Karl Staib - Your Work Happiness Matters on May 17th, 2008 12:32 pm

    I know plenty of people with Liberal Arts degrees that have become quite successful. I attribute it to their desire to creative. They make themselves useful at every job they go to. They don’t sit around waiting for someone to tell them what to do.

    on the flip side, I know plenty of people with Liberal Arts degrees who do have crappy jobs or nothing at all. That’s because they just don’t care. They don’t want to succeed.

    My degree is in marketing and I’ve only used it for half of my working life. I wanted to explore other avenues. It’s hard to pick just one thing and stick with it and who knows if you’ll like doing it in ten years.

  4. Michelle Malay Carter on May 17th, 2008 1:01 pm

    Hi Karl,

    Thanks for stopping by. I agree that it’s hard to pick one thing. I have had quite an eccletic career and wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

    Thanks for the comment.