Re: Jobs

Martin Cohen (mcohen@UCLA.EDU)
Fri, 11 Oct 1996 17:13:18 -0700

Some of you have shared stories of Ph.D.'s and M.A.'s getting underpaid or
inappropriate work, or less educated people getting higher paying jobs.
Perhaps we can share related experiences on the list? We could all learn
from each other, or at least commiserate.

My wife has an M.A. in French Lit., a B.A. in French, and a B.A. in
Journalism. She worked for a year at the L.A. Times, has had feature
stories published in magazines, an opinion essay in the Wall Street
Journal, and a children's book published by Albert Whitman. She has
experience as an editor as well. Recently she was turned down for an
assistant editor spot on a house organ at a university. The reason? She
had no experience with Page Maker. My wife could learn Page Maker (or just
about any software) in a week or less. How many people can make up for her
experience as a writer and editor (not to mention her education) by knowing
Page Maker?

I was once passed over for a job because I was familiar with SPSS instead
of SAS! I thought a Ph.D., if nothing else, may at least demonstrate that
I have the ability to think and learn.

Martin Cohen