Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Harvard’s masters of the apocalypse

Harvard Business School alumni include Stan O’Neal and John Thain, the last two heads of Merrill Lynch, plus Andy Hornby, former chief executive of HBOS, who graduated top of his class. And then of course, there’s George W Bush, Hank Paul-son, the former US Treasury secretary, and Christopher Cox, the former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a remarkable trinity who more than fulfilled the mission of their alma mater: “To educate leaders who make a difference in the world.”

It just wasn’t the difference the school had hoped for.

No one gets fired for hiring a Harvard graduate, or so the saying goes. Same thing applies for lots of professional qualifications, CFA, CPA etc.

Thing is, what are you actually learning? It's all just cookie-cutter education, designed to help the HR drones to safely hire you without much worry and open the gates to earning lots of money (or so the theory goes).

People should spend their time studying what they are passionate about, rather what will earn 'em big money.

3 comments:

delvi said...

true and true. i think now i know how to answer those morons when they say, "why do you study literature"?

terima kasih johnie

Denica said...

"People should spend their time studying what they are passionate about, rather what will earn 'em big money."

couldnt agree more.

johnorford said...

good, we all agree : )