A View from Yale
By Arnold Kling
A reader points me to an article by a Yale student. The author is troubled when she hears that 25 percent of Yale graduates who have jobs are in consulting.
But Annie and Jeff weren’t the only two students I spoke with that prescribed to this notion of the private sector as a kind of training ground.
So much for subscribing to the notion that Yale students have superior command of the English language.
I want to watch Shloe’s movies and I want to see Mark’s musicals and I want to volunteer with Joe’s non-profit and eat at Annie’s restaurant and send my kids to schools Jeff’s reformed and I’m JUST SCARED about this industry that’s taking all my friends and telling them this is the best way for them to be spending their time.
I am scared, also, but more for the consulting industry than for her friends.
But the main point I would like to make about the article (it’s long and quite interesting) is that it is hard to find anything that a Yale degree does prepare a student for. I doubt that students know anything more than when they came in about running a no-profit or a restaurant, or about management consulting for that matter. I imagine that many students are now better prepared to take more classes, say, in law school or graduate school. And perhaps that is where most of them are actually going.
The author is concerned about students wasting a few years of their lives doing management consulting. If wasting years is the issue, then I wonder if her concern should instead be with the years spent at Yale.