No college diploma, no job, even as a file clerk

  • Article by: CATHERINE RAMPELL  , New York Times
  • Updated: February 19, 2013 - 9:36 PM

More companies are requiring at least a bachelor’s degree for even the most menial jobs.

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joe_mnFeb. 20, 1311:07 AM

4yr degree in general studies? 100k in tuition for that?

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unicorn4711Feb. 20, 1311:09 AM

No one guaranteed you a job. People who borrow tens of thousands of dollars for college shouldn't just expect they'll end up with a middle class salary when they're done. The same is true of a graduate degree. No degree promises you a job. The loans are non-dischargable, meaning its actually more responsible use cash advances on credit cards and gamble the money than to borrow $20,000 for a degree that doesn't guarantee you'll get a job because if you don't win with the gambled credit card advances, you can declare bankruptcy. If you don't win with the expensive college degree. TOUGH You'll be paying that forever.

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member11Feb. 20, 13 1:13 PM

The reason this is happening is that all across America, the top echelon of executives and board members have been taking the lion's share of profits and socking them away in foreign tax shelters and investments. The goal for many has become not growing the business, but soaking everything possible out of it, leaving an empty husk in their wake. The prevailing greed and sense of entitlement of the elite has reached levels never countenanced before, and this is but one of the galling and inevitable results.

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raptortigerFeb. 20, 13 1:43 PM

No one needs to go to college. If your parents can't afford to pay for your education, you shouldn't think you deserve one. Learn your place in society. Too many of the kids nowadays think they are entitled by right to be whatever they want to be. That's not true. You can get as much education as you can afford. No more.

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marsbonfireFeb. 20, 13 1:45 PM

Absolutely ridiculous!

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raptortigerFeb. 20, 13 1:46 PM

So the runner is going to borrow more money he doesn't have to go to law school too? I hope he realizes the law industry is really screwed. That's not a good investment at all.

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pokey2007Feb. 20, 13 3:03 PM

You know...that's the way it is now for getting a better job. Companies want secretaries who have a college degree because they have a better knowledge of English, math, typing and other necessary skills. Once you get a job in a company the chances are much better to rise higher and higher in the company. This holds true for many jobs.

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marsbonfireFeb. 22, 13 9:09 AM

pokey2007Feb. 20, 13 3:03 PM You know...that's the way it is now for getting a better job. Companies want secretaries who have a college degree because they have a better knowledge of English, math, typing and other necessary skills.___________LOL..that's a stretch.

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jewels87Feb. 22, 1311:05 AM

Not everyone can afford a college education, nor should parents have to go in debt the rest of their lives to pay for their kids education, which is really high! A college education is not necessary for a entry level job, many people are hard workers, driven, ect., and excellent employees without it, and you are trained on the job. College is not for everyone! Also, many circumstances other then financial prevent people from going to college, example slight learning disabilites, ect. People should not be discriminated against. Everyone needs a chance at an entry level job, keeping people off the welfare systems! These people who are less fortunate need the chance more then ever! I am grateful for employers who gave me the opportunites I had without a college education. I have worked for a large law firm, bankers, doctors, and City Governement! Shame on companies who are going this route. Depression sets in for people who are not given a chance, adding to the tradgedies of the world. Have these compnaies not been touched by the tradgedies! Sounds like they are living in a box with a narrow mind!

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dahutysFeb. 22, 13 5:46 PM

I've worked for at least one company who only hired people with college degrees because it made it easier to promote from within. They hired a data entry person with a 4-year degree related to our business, and got to learn about her intelligence and skills much better than they would have in an hour-long interview. Then when a higher-level position opened up 10 months later, they promoted her. It's easier and cheaper to replace a data entry person than to replace a higher-level worker, plus she had already learned part of the new job by watching its previous holder, so the business comes out ahead. Is that "fair" to someone who just wants to get a simple data entry job and work it for 30 years? Maybe not, but it's an employers' market right now and they can use whatever hiring criteria they want. Also, is it "fair" that the college grad spent 10 months working for $10.50/hour? Well, it led to her being offered a job that started at $17/hour without even having to interview for it, so I don't think she had any regrets.

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