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Q: So my parents want me to get a masters degree

TheGuyThatEveryoneHatesSo, yeah my parents want me to get a "master's degree" but I have a pretty bad/low gpa and gre scores. I told them that applying to different graduate schools/college is a waste of time and money for me but they still want me to apply. What do I do? Should I just waste my money and time in applyi...

@ff524 Yes, I understand it also happens in Western countries. But, it becomes a serious problem in Academia in many locations. In mine, many people got their PhD (not just masters) because their parents want them to get one. After they got the degree, they realize it's not what they want to do. I have seen many incidents like this. In my opinion, it's not simple as Parenting issue. It's something many people are looking for answers. Do I need to follow my parents' advice to go to graduate
school or should I do something else? This is why I want to ask the OP why he thinks it's waste of time and money and hopefully people here can provide some answers. The current version of this question is definitely off-topic, but it has some potential to become on-topic.
 
@scaaahu Well, I agree that the current version is off-topic :)
I think what the OP really wants to know is how to talk to his parents, which is a parenting issue. He also asked whether to get a degree just to satisfy his parents, that also seems like a parenting issue, and also possibly an "it depends on your personal circumstances" issue. I'm not sure what could make this question on-topic.
It's also not clear whether the OP actually doesn't even want to get a degree, or whether he's resistant to applying because he believes he won't get in, but would want the degree if he would get in. If he does want the degree, and he asks whether it's a total waste to apply to programs even though his GPA and GRE scores are bad, that could be a question that we could answer here.
 
3:56 AM
Thank you for your attention and understanding. I'll wait and see if the OP responds.
 
 
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6:49 AM
You won't get a job as a lawyer/judge/cop with a PhD in Science.
EVERYONE gets into science because they start out "excited" by science - NOBODY does it for the money - there's no misconception about that.
However, there is a HUGE misconception among early career scientists that they'll be doing something meaningful, when for the most part, they won't. While there are *some* interesting/enjoyable projects, grants panels don't care how interesting it is. In the end, most of what you end up doing is begging for grant money and jumping through admin hoops all day, while constantly being confro
The way I understand it when H-1B's are brought into the country it takes away jobs from college graduates. They graduate after 4 years thinking they will a job in the sciences and find they are all mostly going to H-1B's allowed in the country. Why is that happening? Are you telling me that all of the US students are to dumb to compete against H-1B's? If they were they would never graduate in the first place or is it the lower pay that the H-1B's are paid?
This sounds more like what has been happening to the employees that are required to spend several months training their replacements that are brought in from India to work at companies doing computer work. If the U.S. employee refuses to do such a thing they are told they will not get any severance pay.
If the new employees from India are so so much smarter than U.S. employee why does it take so long to teach them anything?nature.com/news/…
 
 
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7:59 AM
@SSimon Let us see what evidence our friends at Skeptics can dig up in support of that claim or against it:
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Q: Does the H-1B visa program "take away jobs from Americans"?

ff524It is widely claimed that the H-1B program "takes away jobs from Americans." For example, here's a message posted in the Academia chat room by SSimon not long ago: The way I understand it when H-1B's are brought into the country it takes away jobs from college graduates. They graduate after 4...

 

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