Recent Grads Still Out of Work? Is Laziness To Blame?
You may want to buy a lottery ticket today. Why? Because this site is being updated after being rather inactive far too long and that can only mean that luck is on your side. As a site that I started as an alternative to therapy, I must say it’s no longer all that useful to me. Why? I found a decent job in my field and it’s been keeping my busier than I ever have been in my life. But I’m happy to see the comments section of this website exploding with people sharing their stories. Thanks to all for sharing their stories and a bigger thank you for keeping the site active and interesting during my absence.
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I’m a product of state education and as luring as private schools were with their perfectly manicured lawns and live-on-campus-drunken-sex-fests that seemed to attract many, I am deeply against private education unless you can truly afford (i.e. you have mega-bucks to burn). Why pay $30, 40, 50K for an education that is almost identifical to a state education, which comes at 1/3 the price of the cheapest private education mind you, when there are no special priviledges associated with private education. You’re going to end up asking if someone wants fries with that as you fantasize about working in your chosen field of 13th century basket weaving.
According to a recently Vault.com article, only 56 percent of the 2010 class has worked at least one job since graduation and only 52 percent of grads between 2006 and 2010 took jobs that required their expensive four-year degree. Even Ivy League brass are working in an unintended field or in no field for that matter. One third of the creme de la creme of college education may still be living at home, desperate for parental dollars for support.
The author of this article deducts that grad school is the new college and that many look to employ people with grad school under the auspice that new-hires can hack it with the traditional bachelor’s degree. I couldn’t disagree more. Sure, a graduate degree might make you stick out to some, but to the vast majority, you’ll appear as an over-educated, high achiever that is either going to run as soon as a better job comes along or take the hiring’s manager’s job from him.
The author also suggests that “older folks” are deducting from previously mentioned stats that us young folk aren’t willing to claw our way up to the top by starting out with menial work now. We want it all RIGHT NOW. In other words, we’re just too damn priviledged and lazy to do any of that real work associated with building a career and want, want, want the top positions now.