Sorry if this is the second time you’re seeing this- Tumblr really doesn’t like my long comics so I reformatted this into janky pages.
Some of you may remember this comic from last winter.
A few days ago, I got an email from the survey people, SNAAP, talking about their findings. I skimmed it. I felt like I had already said what I needed to say on the subject, and didn’t really want to get all worked up about it again.
But then I just saw this article: http://mic.com/articles/101758/good-news-art-students-your-degree-is-actually-paying-off
One choice quote says “SNAAP argues that arts graduates have actually “found meaningful employment, are satisfied with their lives, and are pleased that they chose to go to an arts school.” In fact, they’re “among the happiest professionals in the US.”
I don’t want to argue any of this. If you are a happy, well-employed, financially secure and satisfied designer, I am so so happy for you, not to mention jealous.
HOWEVER. As a person who TOOK said survey: there were no questions about any of this. I was not asked about finding meaning, I was not asked about happiness, I was not asked about my pleased-ness. I was asked carefully phrased questions that generated all the right responses, while cleverly AVOIDING all of these hot topics.
I’m love my work. I’m so glad I went to RISD. I’m also broke, stressed, depressed, and underemployed. And yet, statistically, I am one of the pleased and satisfied customers, according to SNAAP.
I’m disappointed and annoyed by this.
This is why I also *HATE* most surveys. They may ask a lot of questions, but they’re rarely the *right* questions.