You missed the point. Your employment was indirectly related to what you learned. They didn't start each class with "OK, on your job you are going to need to do this to that standard." They taught you academia. Your social studies background came from those courses that made you a "Rounded Person" and not just Philosophy. This is the indirect path I referred to. An exception to that would perhaps the courses you would directly need to get an Illinois teaching license.
Contrast that with trade schools. They teach you exactly what you need to know to do the job and do their best to guarantee to future employers their products can do the job. School is to lead directly to particular job.
Your philosophy degree gave you a general education with a strength in philosophy that attempted to prepare you "For whatever career path you chose." You chose soc ed.
You might sit down and put a little more thought into it, Jon, before you call it belittling and thoughtless. It was neither. Its simply an easy example of what I wanted to illustrate. You are kinda touchy about it however...