RE: [OFF TOPIC] College Degree

From: Martin Brown <>
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 12:20:34 -0500
Message-ID: <SNT107-W77D3FD7A563F3C4525878C28F0_at_phx.gbl>

I have a 2 year technical degree in CS (didn't really want one, but it beat wading in rice paddies with a M-16 durring 1970).

I have a BS in B-S acquired over the past 30+ years. I have a Masters in Interpersonal Skills (knowing who's butt to kiss and when to kiss it).

And I have Phd from the School of Hard Knocks.  

That all being said, my generation has been very lucky and blessed to grow up with technology. If you are less than 30 years old these days, you need a degree in anything you can get good grades in. The degree with the grades prove you can learn. Besides, how good is a 10-year-old BS in CS these days? How much has the ciriculum and technology changed in just the last ten years to render the course study practically useless?  

P.S. ... both of my children have advanced degrees. I made sure of that.      

Subject: RE: [OFF TOPIC] College Degree
Date: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 11:57:27 -0500


    Is a college degree worth a pile of manure? Well I'd say that it has to do with the career your interested in if it really has a need for a degree. My daughter has her PHD in some sort of bio-chem stuff & it serves her very well. Her dad on the other side of the fence got yanked out of the middle of an Electronics degree by the draft in 72. Having number 33 that year was not conducive to further activities of your own since the local draft folks were about as warm and Lake Winnipesauke up here in NH in the middle of winter. So off to the Air Force I went (only way of avoiding the draft folks) and 20+ years later out I came with 5 years of experience around Oracle. Since then that electronics degree, which I did finish, has been nothing more than a nice piece of wallpaper. Nice to have, but of little other value.  

    So how would a different degree help, probably not much better than the one I currently have. Therefore I'm not pursuing one.  

Dick Goulet
Senior Oracle DBA/NA Team Lead
PAREXEL International  

From: [] On Behalf Of Guillermo Alan Bort Sent: Monday, December 07, 2009 4:40 PM
To: oracle-l-freelists
Subject: [OFF TOPIC] College Degree

Well, I've been doing a little soul searching, I've been studying computer engineering for a few years now. I don't like programming, I don't like project management... and that's about all they teach over here in comp eng....

So... my question to you is, what is your degree (if any) and what is your opinion on college degrees and real life work.

I've been working with Oracle for a few years (4 or 5) and I've come to know it a little, I got a good job as a DBA, but I don't really like the 'regular' careers that are usually associated with Systems Administrations... so... if I got, say, a degree in mathematics or physics... how would it affect my work-life?

thanks for your input.

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