I’m a Conservative and generally think Progressives are pretty much clueless, but I appreciate your honesty on this subject.
It’s possible to be both, you know.
The people who sold you on the idea that a college degree was the ticket to a good job were the college admissions officers who were trying to sell you their overpriced product.
No, this was everyone. It was my teachers, my parents, really any serious adult in my life. People always touted the importance of college. Around here, people would say “He went to Duke/Carolina,” and that statement carried weight.