A colleague shared an interesting story. He asks students in class, “If you could make the exact same salary being a garbage hauler or a doctor, which profession would you choose?”
Students invariably choose garbage hauler.
This is part of the discussion of why students see absolutely no value to the college education but that of getting a credential needed to find a job. It’s a class thing. You need to be of a certain social class (and I mean social, not economic. You can be poor as a church mouse) to value liberal arts education because it expands your horizons and offers you access to the most beautiful achievements of humanity.
This is to say that the many folks who see a college degree as nothing but a gateway to a job are just as right as those few who see it as a chance to experience the pleasure of learning. They come at it from different realities, and each approach makes sense in their particular reality.