• Worthless: The Young Person's Indispensable Guide to Choosing the Right Major

  • By: Aaron Clarey
  • Narrated by: Davis Aurini
  • Length: 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (187 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Worthless is the single most important book young men and women can read before they attend college. While teachers, guidance counselors and even parents are afraid to tell you the truth in an effort to spare your feelings, Worthless delivers a blunt and real-world assessment about the economic realities and consequences of choosing various degrees with a necessary and tough fatherly love. Don't lie to yourself. And certainly don't waste four years of your youth and thousands of dollars in tuition on a worthless degree. Buy this audiobook and understand why it is important you choose the right major. The book itself could be the wisest investment you ever make.

©2011 Aaron Clarey (P)2011 Aaron Clarey

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Terrible

You could write an entire book about the things that are either ridiculous or just slt out wrong in this writing. The whole thing could be summarized with "study engineering or actuarial sciece".
The author uses a simplistic and, quite frankly, stupid approach to any field of study that is not STEM, with ignorant comparisons and arrogant preconceptions about the people who study other areas. You can find gems like "why study English if you already speak English" or "If you want to learn about politics just listen to the radio", to name a few. He seems to think that books about certain topics appear from thin air or that philosophy is nothing more than Plato, because in
his view, studying phiosophy is ridiculous becuase "you can just read a book about it".
Overall, this is not worth your time. There are a few valid points on certain courses, like women studies who are in my opinion useless by themselves, and it wouldn't be that bad if he just limited himself to pointing out that different carreers have different salaries. But no; he goes on and on disrespecting entire fields of study, unfortunately acting like the steriotipical engineer, not undestanding how knowledge works, feeding a horrible prejudice existing in academia. He starts to sound more like a butthurt right-wing youtuber by the time you're about half way done with the book, than like a persona with an iQ of 141 (something hard to believe, to be honest).
And I fee that I should mention that I'm not a student of political science or anthropology. I haven't studied communication or enviromental science. I, in fact, study a discipline that he considers "worthy". I only bring this up to show that I'm not personally offended by what he says, but I respect my fellow students and, hopefully, future collegues in the social science enough to actually inform myself about their fields, and understand how important they are to society.

In summary, don't waste money on this. I hope I made myself clear. English is not my first language, so I'm sorry if it was hard to read.

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read before applying to college.

so Aaron discusses what to major in college.

he discusses the biosciences, business degrees and engineering degrees. he also mentions that there are bad STEM degrees, that one wants to avoid like biology and general business.

obviously do not major in the liberal arts.

so he recommends nursing, accounting, management information systems, any of the engineering degrees except environmental and aerospace and nuclear.

highly recommended for parents about to spend $50,000 on their children going to college for a worthless degree.

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Aaron clarey a man of wisdom.

Absolutley filled to the brim with information any young man or man in his twenties should hear. If all adults were this honest the world would be a much better place.

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Essential for High School Students

There is a lot that can be said about this book, but it’s indeed great and straight to the point. Give this to your friends or high school children or even beginning college students! This book is not PC, but if it were it would be a pointless, mindless read. Think for yourself, and major in a worth while degree while you are at it. Don’t major in something people don’t want like Gender studies or Philosophy. You can do those things without a degree. Don’t throw yourself into indoctrination and debt instead of going into a trade. Be smart. Be worth it.

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Insightful and refreshing, but has some unrealistic presuppositions.

Overall the book serves as a great wake-up call for kids graduating high school to realize what you major in college for can make the difference between living in financial comfort after graduation or subsisting as a wage slave paying off student loans for decades. Don’t drown yourself in debt learning about Plato and Leonardo DaVinci when you can learn about them for free on the internet in-between studying for classes that will actually give you employable skills.

The biggest problem with the book however that prevents it from me giving it 5 out of 5 stars is for a book that emphasizes realism, he spews out unbelievably naive and unrealistic standards with regards to attaining STEM degrees. Early on in the book he tells the reader to embrace the math and with enough hard work and effort you too can graduate with a degree in mechanical engineering. That’s like saying with enough hard work and effort anybody can play basketball for the NBA or become a Navy SEAL. Most people with average IQs can earn an accounting degree sure, but the levels of math required to complete a degree in physics or chemistry is beyond the intellectual capacity of the majority of the adults going to college. It’s not because of laziness, it’s because not everyone is gifted with high IQs like Aaron Clarey. He does his readers a disservice mistakenly assuming everyone is as smart as him and should be cognizant of that IMO.

That issue notwithstanding I think it’s a great book that should be required reading that high school counselors should assign to their students.

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Make Your Kids Listen to This

It's short and packed with critical information for young people to be successful. At least it will get them thinking about it. I would say 15-16 is the perfect age for them to hear this.

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great

good job 👏 Aaron, another great book to teach us kids how to live better

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A wake up to reality with of priceless humor added

Love this book and thankfully didn't fall into the mousetrap that most of society has been cemented to. Thanks Aaron Clarey for the knowledge you bring and the humor you bring to make it refreshing. I would be honored to shake your hand and buy you a beer one day.

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All High School Students should read this.

Excellent book. Clarey take a pragmatic and rational approach towards guiding people headed to college. Very informative and not too long.

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Fantastic!

An impressive analysis of the benefits of STEM and the pitfalls of a WORTHLESS squishy social "science" degree.

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  • Ben
  • 12-19-19

Good shit. Recommend.

Aaron is as blunt as a mustard sandwich or a good masseuse. Don't do a degree that no employer wants. Do do a degree that employers do want. Don't do stupid shit... do good shit.

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  • Mossias
  • 07-25-18

A warm insightful cynical warning

This book hasn''t changed my mind, because my mind was already changed by a friend who referred me to this book, however, it did strengthen my newly claimed opinions on higher education.
This book is a must to any 17-21 year olds who consider college.
This book, quite literally, could change their lives.

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  • Jeremy Hall
  • 09-17-18

Top Reading !

Great book ! Loads of common sense here ! Years of experience condensed into hours.