BP #2

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/education/edlife/factory-workers-college-degree-apprenticeships.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Feducation&action=click&contentCollection=education&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0

 

These days it is getting harder to find jobs without a college degree. Factory jobs are becoming much more demanding with the skills that they require their employees to obtain, skills that require a college education in which some people are not capable or willing to receive.

The company Siemens Energy discusses how less than 15 percent of people seeking a job there were able to pass a reading, writing and math screening at about a ninth grade level. With technology becoming such an important tool in today’s society, the qualifications of workers is becoming more demanding. The John Deere Company discussed how a high school diploma was no longer good enough to fulfill the jobs.

Both of these companies came up with apprenticeship programs in which people work partly for the company while receiving the education needed to complete the job. After they complete the program they are usually guaranteed a job and a respective yearly salary. It is putting factory jobs and companies like this at risk not being able to find people with a high enough education to do these jobs.

So is it ethical or reasonable for companies to demand these people to receive a higher education for factory jobs? I believe that there has to be some outlet for people that don’t decide to go to college, but I also feel that there are jobs out there for everyone. If you don’t decide to go to college then you probably have to put up with receiving a lower income. These apprenticeship programs are a good solution to this issue but people need to be willing to put in the work and time to complete the programs.

In class we discussed the topic of specific features that make someone a professional. One of those requirements of a professional was a certification process. These programs are the process someone must go through to be a professional in their field even if it is a factory job. But who is to say that some people who don’t go to college aren’t a professional in their career? I work in a warehouse currently and many of the workers have no college education but are far more advanced in the field than others who did go to college. That just goes to show that knowledge can come from experience as well. For example, my dad went to school for criminal justice and ended up finding a career in sales. Technically he is supposed to be considered a “professional” in criminal justice because that is what he went to school for but he ended up having far more success in being a sales representative than he would have in what he received his degree in.
I guess what I am getting from this article and what we discussed in class is that defining someone as a professional is very vague. Like we talked about with the professional athletes. They are considered to be a professional in their field but do they all obtain the features and characteristics that the reading said to be considered a professional.

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