So, the Big Secret was finally revealed to us this afternoon at work. Still no details as to who would be affected, suffice to say, it will be…everyone. Brace yourself. Layoffs are coming.
Basically, they will be laying all of us off. All 16 of us admins (who work in the College of Ed.) and making us apply for just about 4-6 positions. The gist of the four main positions are pretty much anything except what I do, except for fixing the website every once in a while.
So I’m venting.
So, facing the upcoming months will suck. Mostly because of our lovely family law system, I can expect to not have a job for an indefinite period of time, but it will take several weeks, if not months to adjust child support. Maybe I’ll go to jail?
Also, we still do not have a timeline on when this will happen. It will be as early as a few weeks from now, or as late as May 15.
So I’ve got that going for me. Which is nice.
In spite of the plans and thoughts I have on the matter, as far as how to move ahead and seize opportunity instead of letting this university drag me to the bottom of the abyss with it like it has been trying to do for pretty much the last several years…those will come later. I am optimistic.
That being said, I will disclose what we know about the University. It is failing. Each year, for the last 8 years, they have been overspending to the tune of about $8-10 MILLION dollars. That was back when they had $80million in reserve.
And right now, we have about 100 days of money left if everything were to just stop. Considering projected tuition and funds for each year, we have maybe 3 years of operation before university financial reserves reach zero. Since they said the same thing two years ago, I think that might be a generous estimate.
Upper administrators’ salaries have increased, and really other than going to meetings a lot, not many people here even know what they really do. They go to lunches and conferences…a lot. They make six figure incomes, get bonuses, and this will not affect them. They are also the people who put us in this mess as they rode the proverbial bomb down, yelling like Slim Pickens.
Anyway, this seems to be the trend. After 18 years here, I have learned how the sausage is made and I’m ready to try the employment version of Vegan now thankyouverymuch.
Higher Education is the second biggest ponzi scheme in our country.
The first being Social Security. Selling vitamins is third.
The vast majority of people who go through the Academy do so with degrees such as English, History, Psychology, Business, Philisophy, Liberal Arts, Art History, etc. etc. The only way these are really viable for most graduates is if they continue with their education to Post-Graduate degrees. Then they can teach other suckers who have come to the workforce, because everyone (mainly educators…i.e. High School Guidance Counselors) told high school students for GENERATIONS that the best way to make money in the USA is by going to college and getting a degree.
If you went into the military, trades, or other vocations, you were considered lower class and immediately voted least likely to succeed. You were called a loser. Some jaggoff who never left their home town. There is a stigma. Unlike the noble creature, the Guidance Counselor, who went to college and has either an MA or a ED.D.
I went to college to learn how to become a writer. College did not prepare me for that, other than the sheer number of papers being an English major and History minor required me to write. And out of 120 credit hours of an English degree, over half of those were Core Curriculum classes I needed to graduate regardless of my major. I took maybe 30 credit hours of literature classes. A math class, some history classes, and some art classes.
College didn’t make me a writer. Writing made me a writer. College gave me a delusion of grandeur that I was a competent writer. I wasn’t.
But, consider this too, that is typical. Unless you are going to a trade school, getting a teaching license, or other professional degree like doctor, lawyer, nurse, veterinarian, etc. you probably won’t be receiving any practical training anyway, other than preparation for the next higher level of education. Otherwise, you have a neat piece of paper to hang on your wall, plenty of stories about getting shitfaced at parties, and massive amounts of student loan debt. But no actual job in your chosen field.
Those frat parties I made fun of are your best ticket to getting a job after college. Why? Because when you hold someone’s head when they are puking their guts all over a bucket, and their dad runs a giant company that is hiring, you might just get a job offer.
Otherwise, don’t hold your breath. You’ve been duped by the Higher Education System. You can work your way through it to become a full prof and work three days a week, nine months out of the year. Or you can apply your talents to being a lamprey who attaches itself to sharks navigating these dark waters of Academia. Eating the scraps from the money left over after administrative feeding frenzies.
The best way through this life is knowing that being rich has nothing to do with money.