Video Games, Strippers & Goldman Sachs

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Carrianne Howard wanted to design video games, so she enrolled in a course at a for-profit college. She's ended up as a stripper.

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Why? Becuse despite lofty promises made by the college, the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale (which is part-owned by disgraced financial giants Goldman Sachs), she never found work as a games designer. She did find a bit of work as a gaming industry recruitment consultant, but then that dried up, and now, she's a stripper.

What happened beyond that, we don't know. Maybe she sucked as a games designer. Maybe she's an amazing stripper. Whichever the case, the main point here is not Carrianne's workplace skills, but on the perils of enrolling in these small, often shady institutions.

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Her degree cost $70,000, and has got her, well, stripping. That's not good value for money, and is the moral of a larger piece on Bloomberg calling out the money-grubbing tactics of these colleges, which in many cases put profit before education. If a course at one of them has your eye, be warned. Especially if you don't have an ass for stripping.

Stripper Finds Degree Profitable for Goldman Wasn't Worth It [Bloomberg]

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NeVeRMoRe666
NeVeRMoRe666

Cracked actually ran a pretty good article covering for-profit-colleges. It's both hilarious and informative, worth a read for anyone interested here:

[www.cracked.com]

Personally, I would warn anyone thinking about applying to one of these schools to avoid such schools altogether. If you pay for your degree (as oppose to working hard for it), chances are you'll get ripped off in the end.

My advice is to take the time to work hard, take education seriously and get into a good school from the start. If you're in high school, or doing your undergrad, give it everything you've got. It's only a few years worth of sacrifice in order to secure your future. I know that may not seem like an option for everybody, but it is. Everyone has the capacity to learn but more importantly, everyone has the ability to work hard. If you need to upgrade your marks, by all means do it; a reputable university/college, even joining the ivy leagues, isn't out of reach for anyone who has the determination to succeed. Don't short change yourself, especially when it comes to doing what you really want to do.