« on: May 25, 2012, 10:53:57 AM »
In response to the entertainment industry comment I think the analogy does apply. The reality is no easy career path exists. Ask a doctor, nurse, pilot, lawyer, CEO, professional athlete, firefighter, police officer, etc how competitive it was for them to get where they are. I imagine all of them will say it was very difficult and all of them started at the bottom and instead of complaining about how unfair everything was worked to succeed. This is proven by Cher's story 28k a year is nothing, but you have to build experience. When I started out I was in a similar position doing mind numbing doc review, but I kept getting more experience, meeting people, and not giving up. It was not fun starting out and honestly the first two years out were terrible, but I paid my dues and really enjoy my career now. In almost every career you have to pay your dues that is simply the way the world works.
To elaborate on Chers point the debt is expensive, but again look outside the legal profession and you will see degrees in other professions are just as expensive. I just googled NYU tuition and the school of social work popped up. NYU is 41k per year for a social work degree. That is very expensive and if you go to nursing school, medical school, social work school, a police academy, etc they are all expensive. In the end no matter what educational/career path you choose it will be expensive, time consuming, and there will be no guarantee of a job at the end of it. You are also going to have to pay your dues in any profession.
Way to completely misrepresent the situation. Not a single one of the professions you listed- with the exception of possibly Doctor or Nurse- requires as a prerequisite a graduate degree that, at sticker, can cost upwards of a quarter million dollars. Professional Athlete? Seriously? Police Academy? You think that costs $40k / year for tuition for three years? Honestly, use common sense.