Seeing Ferret meltdown in the teapots thread was phenomenal entertainment. Although I did feel a bit of sympathy for the failure, it was still hilarious.
All of the finger pointing. The excuses. The denials. Pissing on poor teapots because teapots has a degree, a work ethic, a job, and a personality.
Fun fact: ferret pissed on teapots when teapots demonstrated in the (G8?) summit meeting in Toronto. Everyone had to point out to Ferret that at least teapots had the guts to protest on a real street with conviction.
I recently read an article that described the grade "tiers" of university students in the U.K.
Essentially, those with below the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA in the U.K. are looked at as third-rate job candidates. Those with 3.3 GPA's are second rate, while 3.5 or above are first rate (first choice) candidates.
And what you got your degree in doesn't matter nearly as much as people believe. However, it does help to bolster a B.A. with a slew of biz courses.
You at least have the sense to go. I have an aunt that got a master's in psychology in her fifties. Now she is in her sixties and has some plum government "director" psych job, and is making six figures.
Ferret should see a therapist. I saw a therapist when I attended USC. I saw him for three months. He forced me to own up to my own bad choices in life (up to that point). It hurt like hell to hear it, but ultimately my position in life was my own damn fault. And it was up to me to fix it.
And I did, mostly. Still working on a few things. :)
No wonder why Michele doesn't want to see him anymore.
What Ferret doesn't understand is that simple bullshitting (not lying, but shooting the shit) goes a long way.
He wants to start off as a Vice President. In reality he will have to start off at the bottom. Even James does that, and knows what it takes.
Although there is some age discrimination in the marketplace, a lot of people aren't going to write you off just because you look older (gray hair, etc). If you are serious about the position and click with the interviewer, then you have a good chance.
Teapots has a good work ethic and it shows. Ferret has zero work ethic and it shows.
All of this commentary about Poo-pooing UNR as a shit school, that the grad program must suck, it's a waste of money - what he fails to understand is that a degree is a basic barometer for any type of decent gig.
A woman I know is a genders studies grad from a middle-tier university but was recently promoted to a manager of her department. She doesn't speak business quite yet but she's a solid leader.
Ferret, your only hope is to enroll in school and get a part-time job. Get to know people. Attend networking events. Complete your degree even if it takes years (and it likely will).