"Meanwhile, I have off-the-charts verbal skills that no one will pay more than about $10 an hour for (if they pay at all), and artistic ability that I can't afford to develop. It all seems like a giant catch-22."
This is a disconnect. If she actually tried to get a little technical background, she could excel at communicating user requirements, drafting technical journals or publications, or a myriad of other "more technical" fields that require effective communications.
She sounds more like the type that wants to go work for Hallmark, writing their new line of "Creative Expressions" greeting cards. Sorry young lady--the world doesn't need many of those jobs.
The number one desire that I've always seen in business is An Ability to Communicate. Period. If this person has Off-the-Charts verbal skills, and even a modicum of another talent, then they will have no difficulty finding work.
Yes, they may start at $10/hour (I started at much less than that, professionally)....but they won't stay there for long.
I interview a lot of people, and the #1 thing that gets them DQ'd is "Poor Communications", or some variant thereof.
Nope, as far as the poster that you singled out is concerned, the telltale comment is the "Artistic Ability I can't afford to Develop". A, it doesn't take much in the way of funding to develop an art-related hobby and B, the comment says that they've got an overblown sense of their own self-worth.
She sounds a lot like me only I took business law and accounting as electives and started my own business (using my artistic and verbal skills to reel in customers).
The real problem with these brats is they want it handed to them on a golden platter without serious effort on their part.
My actual degree? Social work... it was not totally useless, because I did learn how to read and write bull shit and how navigate bureaucracy and manipulate bureaucrats.
These are useful skills for the self employed, especially since the current atmosphere of crony capitalism is designed to cull out competitors.