This cracks me up. An article on NYC NBC site says College Grad Can’t Find Job, Wants $$$ Back. Check out the image from the site (ouch!):
OMG, where to even begin on this one.
In summary, this person went to school, apparently got a BA degree in something to do with “information technology,” and I guess couldn’t land a job. So she is suing saying her career services office “didn’t [live] up to its end of the deal [by] offering her the leads and employment advice it promised.”
This recent grad has lived at home with her mom, who is a substitute teacher and is “the only one of the two who makes any money.”
I know school is hard, but I also know that thousands of people work during the time they went to school. You gotta do what you gotta do… living off of $70k in student loans is not a way to finance your education.
In my post Letter to University Professors: Stop Failing Us, I said that I went to school to position myself for my career (well, I was looking for (cough cough) job security). NOT for learning. I definitely got learning-loving-people who beat me up for that, but I don’t care. I think they are the exception (and I respect them for wanting to learn, blah blah blah). Apparently this new graduate agrees – suing the school because they didn’t land her a job is like saying “I don’t give a crap about any of the junk I learned in this program! I paid you $70k to land me a job, and that didn’t happen, so give it all back!”
I think that’s taking my point a little too far (:)), but I still think that our educational system is set up to help us become more career-worthy, not to fill our heads with all kinds of goodness (we have Google for that :p).
Here are some misc. thoughts:
- If I knew about this lawsuit when I got a resume from her, or before an interview, I would NEVER, EVER, EVER hire her. EVER.
- Gen Y – I’d love to hear you weigh in on this. The NBC site has over 400 comments, and the NY Post article has a bunch (I can’t figure out how many)… how many of you feel this way? Does the word “entitlement” have any negative meaning anymore? I hope the Brazen Careerist, who seems to be the spokesblog for Gen Y picks up and opines on this.
- Career centers are not to blame, really, for any of this. I’ve seen a number of career centers throughout the country. Some are so underfunded they are only there so the school can say “yep, we have one!” Others are very well-funded and have overqualified (read: awesome) staff, I’m surprised they aren’t losing the staff. But most of them (99%) have a singular problem: A MAJOR DISCONNECT BETWEEN THE CAREER SERVICES AND THE PROFESSORS. There is a wall that has to come down between career services and the professors who should be promoting them. This is not a wall that was put up by career services – this is a wall that professors built and honor. It’s crazy, and it does a gross disservice to the students.
Update: here’s an interesting thing, from an anonymous person… Monroe College’s Career Center has a Platinum Club… which is invitation only. It “strives to provide selected students with career planning privileges at the Office of Career Advancement.” I doubt that this person’s 2.7 GPA would have qualified her to be in the Platinum club…
What do you think?
(hat tip to my Allan T. Young who sent me the link to the NBC post)