OK, lieutenants, agents, and economists. Do you see what I see?
Yes, that's right, good ole Walt was able to test for the CPA without having to have a degree.
disability he still managed to become one of the most successful CPA's and accountants in Minnesota history.
So riddle me this, riddle me, that,
why in the Patron Saint's Name of Frick are we requiring modern day CPA applicants to have not only an undergraduate degree in accounting, but also a certain amount of masters classes in accounting, oh, and not to mention the never-ending litany of CPE/continuing education? If somebody can just pass the CPA out of high school, then why not let them? Wouldn't it be more efficient for all of us???
I shall answer young lieutenants, and the answer is two fold.
While a million people in the state of Minnesota may have the raw talent and ability to sit and pass the CPA exam without going to college, that doesn't matter. Employers just plain don't have the demand for that many CPA's. So they throw in front of you unnecessary and unneeded hoops to test NOT YOUR SKILL, but basically, your compliance. Your obediency. And (ultimately) your lack of self respect.
But it isn't just the financial costs (which can well be into 6 figures), it's also the time. And not just time, it is your youth you are wasting jumping through these hoops. When all is said and done, I'd estimate with 4 years undergrad, 1 year masters, a year studying for the CPA, another year getting the necessary work experience to be able to test for it, AND let's not forget that oh-so-needed CPE and continuing education (all during your prime years, mind you), you are already agreeing to forfeit 10 years of your life merely TRAINING and EDUCATING yourself to get the credentials.
Understand there is no economic production that comes from training and education. It is merely developing a skill that in the future will result in added economic production, but for those ten years it is a sunk cost the young, poor person pays. Worse, as progressive credentialism expands and HR departments become more picky and requirements become more lengthy, the quality of that "education" decreases. Matter of fact, it becomes nothing more than a big fat expensive joke (for example just look at what they're teaching in MBA classes now).
Now, this is just the CPA, but the vileness of progressive credentialism has infected nearly every aspect of the working world. College degrees are "preferred" for jobs that 14 year olds can do at fast food joints. Masters degrees are essentially required if you want to get into anything above "entry level," but said jobs will still be way below your skill and education. A young man in the UK was required to dance to get a job at a GROCERY STORE. And I'm sure every one of us would like to have back the 8,000 brain cells we've each lost every time we go in and suffer the inanity of the HR ditz asking us "if you could be a cat or a dog, which one would you be?" But the insanity and psychological pain this all inflicts on us is nothing compared to the economic costs.
Understand there is a counterbalance to all this insanity. And it is the fact that the young are wasting at least a decade of their lives, going to school, getting certifications, and getting accredited INSTEAD OF WORKING. This of course bodes poorly for the young kids doing the Decade Long Hoop Jump Dance. They're not at their full capacity, they're never "advancing" and rarely will they have a career. But it bodes even poorer for the scum who instituted this dysfunctional labor market. For the people in power need young people's economic production to pay for the social security and medicare ponzi scheme they've created.
Many of you are angry about this. But may I point out, you can't pay for other people's stuff if you don't have a job, let alone a high paying one? Because of the piss-poor management of the government and corporate sector, employment prospects are so poor for young people, there's no way they can tax you - you have nothing to tax. Furthermore, with our "great leaders" from "the great society" instituting socialism, you are inoculated against confiscatory taxes on your income. So yes, while you are forced to be poor or at least lower-middle income, you are also protected from high taxation to pay for other people's stuff (that is until bank accounts and 401k's are "haircutted" but that is another topic).
In short, the "lost decade" of economic production is not solely going to fall on the generation forced to jump through hoops. It's going to affect those guilty of setting up such a sadistic system in the first place. The only true costs to younger generations is the time you wasted in school (which you don't have to do) and the fact, unlike say, your WWII counterpart, you aren't going to achieve your best so early (it's almost laughable to think of all the 18 year old pilots and engineers who had more responsibility and achievement during WWII compared to most 40 something cubicle dwellers today).
The second reason why younger generations have to suffer such inhumane treatment is one of simple malice. Here I have no empirical proof, no data, no charts. Just enough work experience and adulthood to come to the conclusion most of the people in power, be it government or corporate America, are petty and evil enough to do this out of entertainment. Power is a corrupting force I will never understand, but I have seen it turn people into the most malicious and petty of people. Adria Richards (though not older) is a perfect example of what just a little bit of power can do. She ruined the career of two young men (not to mention her own) because of the lizard-brain taste for power. And so when a younger, smarter, faster, better go getter is in the ranks of an old, ass-kissing, brown-nosing, has-been who "doesn't do that Excel stuff" hurdles and hoops must be put up to keep the young and talented from advancing, otherwise LEGIONS of old, obsolete, outdated, and inefficient managers would have to relinquish their positions OR (GASP!!!) HAVE TO GET EDUCATION AND TRAINING!!!! And we all know those hoops are just reserved for idiot young kids. In other words it's just a delaying action to defer the inevitable giving the 57 year old blue hair that vital extra decade he needs to pay off his two ex-wives, pay down the 3rd mortgage on his McMansion and pay off that loan on his 7 year old 5 Series.
Of course, none of this solves the problem that many (if not) most young people are under/unemployed, in debt, and will never have society's institutions use them to their fullest potential. But it does put into perspective as to how society treats its youth today versus that of yesterday. And at least with this perspective, you can make wise decisions that are going to benefit you, and not the pre-made decisions that are going to benefit them.
First, refuse to jump through the hoops. School, I've said before, is quickly becoming a waste unless you major in the right thing. And even if you do major in the right thing, you are not going to be taken seriously until you are at least 35. Again, this is not WWII where you are desperately needed to pilot that P-51. This is the worst economy in 50 years where there is no need for you except to file and fax and be called an "assistant manager" and do all the other crap work your boss doesn't want to do. You will never be challenged and you will never meet your potential. Ergo...
Second, why you might want to consider the military. Any posts about how "you could get killed" and "I'm not defending this socialist hell hole" will be ignored. Because you would not be joining the military for "god and country" as much as it will be for "me and me." The military is about the ONLY place that will take an 18 year old kid and give them the opportunity to achieve their best. And since most employers are too sadistic and inefficient, this makes the military the BEST option for kids nowadays. Free food, clothing, shelter, health care and education. You outta kiss your drill sergeant on the lips for how kind and generous the military is compared to corporate America.
Third, by god, have some self-respect. I know this is tough to do if you have debts, but your youth and your sanity are not worth putting through the mental meat-grinders employers have become today just for a paycheck. Job descriptions that are outright lies, job offers that are half of what they should be, psychotic bosses who never make tough decisions or provide leadership, resulting in feuds between the rank and file as they try to lead themselves. Why even tolerate it? Collecting a government check or working a low level security guard job or working as a parking lot attendance is infinitely better and more self-respecting.
Again, very few of us will ever become that
top notch accountant
elite investment banker
super accurate actuary
or top sales guy
but nearly all of us can get by on very little, enjoy stress free jobs, and give employers the proverbial finger when they tell us to waste 10 years of our youth and at our expense, jumping through hoops.
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