I think I've mentioned this before, but my mom actually graduated from University of Phoenix with an accounting degree. She had done a lot of college coursework back in the day but was moving around a lot and couldn't assemble the credits into a degree. She also had done bookkeeping for various companies for many years. So maybe not your typical student, but she now has a great job as an accountant, and she did actually learn some things, so it's not all bad? This is why I always feel a little sad when I read cheap jokes about the University of Phoenix -- also because I know I'd be the one making these jokes too if not for my mom. And yeah, they do have a lot of scammy and exploitative aspects, too. (I should also point out that at the time she did this, online degrees from traditional universities were still fairly uncommon.)
One interesting thing I've seen in many comment threads here in DC is that a lot of black passengers prefer Uber because they often can't get picked up by street taxis (no one in history has ever *called* a taxi in DC and had it arrive). Another interesting angle to think about.
What area of the country are you in? $70k seems like it would be quite low for that kind of job here in DC. I guess if you're in an area with a lower cost of living it makes more sense. (ETA: Oh and of course no need to answer if this would out you to your current/potential future employers!)
I had a very similar accident after having about 8 vials of blood drawn for tests. Except they actually tried to make me wait, but I didn't because I felt fine. I completely totaled my piece of junk car and put a tiny scratch on the bumper of the SUV in front of me, which rolled forward and tapped a work truck in front them. The guys in the work truck then tried to sue my insurance for all kinds of back problems and stuff. Fun times! (Thankfully I don't drive any more.)
Yeah but could you imagine the kind of terrible education you'd get at a school without dozens of highly paid deans and a president who only made in the low six figures? Why even bother going to college if there aren't six VPs in charge of Student Life?
As much as I like Judge Judy, it says something about our society that this one TV judge makes $47/m a year while civil courts around the country are so underfunded and poorly run than most Americans have little or no access to the legal system for non-criminal matters.
@Morbo Agreed. But we're talking about increasing working hours -- six of one, half a dozen of the other. Unless you think working longer hours also makes people more productive?
@Morbo tl;dr: find the countries with the lowest hourly productivity on that chart. Now look at their average hours worked, and compare that to the countries with the highest productivity.
@Morbo Exactly -- poorer countries work longer hours and have lower productivity. Which is why saying "the lazy Spanish should just work longer!" is pretty dumb policy advice, in addition to being somewhat hypocritical (at least when coming from its most common source, the UK). And in fact if you look at the GDP produced per worker, in a typical richer country like France it works out to $88,000, compared to $83,000 in Spain. Not a huge difference. It's *employment* that accounts for the difference in per-capita GDP: Spain has just 37% of its people working, compared to 45% in France. Right now GDP/cap in Spain is just under $30,000 compared to just under $40,000 in France. If Spain had the same level of employment as France with the same productivity and hours worked, their GDP/cap would be $37,350 -- well above Italy's and just a shade below the UK's. Given that Spaniards work more than many Western Europeans but are employed at considerably lower rates, shouldn't the focus be on increasing employment and not on increasing hours worked by existing workers (which can only reduce employment)?
Your periodic reminder that Spaniards work more hours per year than Brits or Germans, and that the two hardest-working countries in the OECD (at least by hours) are Mexico and then Greece.