It started in high school. I began to hear bits of advice ("If you want to be a doctor, you should study German") that turned out to be so far off the mark that I wish I'd jotted them down. Some others that proved equally worthless:
- "You have to be fluent in a foreign language in order to earn a Ph.D."
- "You have to be fluent in two foreign languages in order to earn a Ph.D."
- "The CIA doesn't hire people with military backgrounds."
- "The CIA only recruits from Ivy League universities."
- "You must have a doctorate in order to be a college professor."
- "Political science is the best major for pre-law students."
- "It is always wise to go straight on to graduate school after earning your bachelor's degree."
- "If an employer asks for six years of experience, then that is strictly required in order to be seriously considered."
- "Supervising in the military is easy because all you have to do is issue orders."
Are there any memorable ones that you've encountered?
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