In Carlo Rotella’s article, “No, It Doesn’t Matter What You Majored In”, Rotella discusses the importance of a person’s major and what a major can do for someone. Rotella begins by discussing the benefits and costs of college. He admits that college costs too much and says that many others would agree. He explains that people have begun questioning the importance of higher education and what its benefits are. A benefit that many people believe is that employers care about your major choice and whether it pertains to a job that one is applying for. He states that, “Prospective employers frequently don’t really care what you majored in.” (Rotella 517) and continues to say that employers just care that the prospective employee has graduated from college. Employers care about this because it shows that the applicant can put in effort and can commit to a challenging task.
In the publication, “Should the Obama Generation Drop Out?” by Charles Murray, Murray discusses some of his beliefs about the bachelor’s degree. Murray believes that employers need to drop the preconception that a bachelor’s degree qualifies someone for a job more so than someone with a certification for a job. One reason he believes this is because employers are often concerned about your technical skills that you have acquired and if you can use it in the workplace. He also says that it should be more important that a person has the certification for a job rather than have a degree and not be able to complete a task. Murray discusses a benefit of discouraging the use of a bachelor’s degree as a prequalification for a job. This benefit is that people would not have to force themselves through college just to get a bachelor’s degree, but instead they could use a certification test to prove that they can do a job.
Both articles are very different from each other in several ways. One of the main disagreements that these articles have is the use of the bachelor’s degree as a prequalification for a job. Rotella argues that a bachelor’s degree should help both the potential employee and employer, whereas Murray argues that it should not be a necessary prequalification for a job and that employers should use a certification test to prove one’s skills instead. While it may not seem that these articles share any similarities, they are related in a few ways. Both authors agree that some sort of prequalification should be met for anyone to procure a job with any potential employers. They both also support each other in that both authors believe that there should be some measure of abilities. One final similarity that these articles share is the belief that college costs far too much. They both agree that most people are unable to afford a quality education and thus affects what kind of job someone may procure with further education.
Carlo Rotella and Charles Murray are two very different authors with very differing opinions. While it seems that Rotella and Murray would disagree on the importance that a bachelor’s degree should place on one’s job and/or career, they do have a few related opinions. Both authors believe that: college costs too much, there should be some sort of prequalification for a job, and that there needs to be some methods of measuring a prospective employee’s technical skills.