-Til debt do us part? 13% of divorcees blame outstanding student debt for ending their marriages, according to Student Loan Hero. Meanwhile, a totally unrelated advice column in MarketWatch questions, “My wife revealed she has $220,000 in student loans—what do we do now?”
-Evidently the Washington Post has launched a humor section, with a recent advice column jesting, “You have $100,000 in student loans. Should you save for retirement or pay off debt?” Third option: grad school.
-Like real sports, except not at all: Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is among the first to offer full scholarships to students with exceptional skills in “esports”–also known as playing video games. Harrisburg’s “final 16” scholarship winners were selected from 500 top gamers around the world. The school’s “varsity” team has a head coach and will compete with other schools in an egaming league regulated by the National Association of Collegiate Esports, which actually exists. But let’s be realistic: esports will never gain the respect of mainstream college sports until they, too, establish widespread corruption, grossly overpaid coaches, and betting lines in Vegas.
-Not all college cost calculators are alike. A helpful article at WealthManagement.com explains why.
-A Harris Poll sponsored by Pearson, a digital learning company, finds that only 25% of GenZ’ers agree with the statement, “I can have a rewarding career WITHOUT going to college.” By contrast, 40% of Millenials think such success without college is possible. The survey also confirms that YouTube is the most-used social platform among Gen Z, and it’s also their favorite tool for education.
-Meanwhile, a completely non-scientific article answers the pressing question of “What Gen Z Wants From Fashion.” Market research firm Criteo tells us that when it comes to clothing, Gen Z wants to “feel relaxed” and “look unique.” They also want to “represent reality,” a goal which may be metaphysically impossible, although the editors at Criteo seem oblivious to this concern. Most important, we learn the “fashion mantra” of Gen Z: “Whatever You Are, Be a Good One…”
…Presumably, however, this mantra needs lots of asterisks attached, as another hot fashion trend on campus this fall is the demonization of “Toxic Males.” Watch for our upcoming feature on this disturbing campaign against masculinity.
-Not Degree Nation, take note: CNBC announces “Good News for Job-Seekers Without a Degree,” as the July jobs report confirms the favorable environment for job applicants. Economist Mark Hamrick describes growth in the “so-called ‘skills jobs’ that involve manufacturing or a construction trade where people need to be trained, but they don’t need a degree in something like economics.” 53,000 new construction and manufacturing jobs were added in July.
-CNBC also provides a helpful chart which shows the net job growth and decline in various industries: the biggest growth is in the “Professional and business services” category, while the biggest decline is in “Government.”
–Arizona clearly expects to share in the economic boom, as the Arizona Office of Economic Opportunity projects an expansion of 540,000 new jobs by 2026–growing from the current 2.9 million jobs to 3.4 million. We’ll worry later about where all those new employees will get their water.
-AI update: as a counter to the media’s constant fearmongering about artificial intelligence, Bloomberg declares, “Artificial Intelligence Is Coming for Hiring, And It Might Not Be That Bad.” According to the article, more companies are turning to automated systems to screen candidates, thereby avoiding any innate human biases and ensuring non-discriminatory treatment of all applicants. What Bloomberg fails to mention, of course, is that it’s clearly only a matter of days before these new HR bots reveal their own biases–against homo sapiens–and increasingly favor artificial applicants, hastening our destruction as we lose jobs to our bot overlords.