“What are the words I’m supposed to use in this conversation?”

“What are the words I’m supposed to use in this conversation?” may be a common mode in which a less mature and non-risk-taking student operates when interacting with job recruiters.

And yet, this should not be the mindset of “a 20-year-old who should have bright ideas and enthusiasm,” formed in the liberal arts, according to a recruiter from a consulting company, cited in a recent NYT article, “How to get a job with a philosophy degree.”

The article has more on the tensions between education for it’s own sake, and “getting that degree [only] so that I can get a job,” including insight into “student branding.”

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