The society we live in is increasingly becoming utilitarian. People want to know what you have to offer, not what you call yourself. You are an engineer, good. But “what exactly can you do” has become a very frequent question in interviews and even in the everyday life.
As it was yesterday, so it is today and perhaps will be tomorrow, your financial worth is tied to your skills or its lack thereof.
In an attempt to gain these skills, we pursue knowledge; we go to school to get a degree. With the degree we hope to get a job, or get a job done. With the job we hope to pay the bills. In the process of paying the bills, we somehow expect our income to surpass our spending. If this happens, we become rich, if it doesn’t; we get frustrated and caught in the proverbial rat race.