The Promise of Employment for College Graduates

They told us that the field we studied didn’t matter. As long as we earned our bachelor’s degree, they said, we’d be economically secure. They hinted that trade schools, which taught practical skills, conflicted with our high social status. They were the media, and we believed them. We anticipated employers to echo the lies the media blared onto the public but in the end, we discovered that we weren’t as great as we were told. This higher education sham parallels the feminist lie, which promises you the entire world. The feminists unrealistically expected a husband who cooks and cleans and earns significantly more money. The feminists unrealistically expected children who are happy with their moms being unavailable due to their illustrious, high status, high paying, and highly rewarding career. They thought they could have it all, along with red carpet, a gold crown for the queen and an immaculate throne tidied up, of course, by their docile man servant. Our teachers and our parents might have been oblivious to how the real world works. If that was the case, it was only a barrage of unintentional lies. Regarding the irresponsible media, promoting the university degree as a cure all for economic woes leads one to believe that they’re in on the racket. The media pundits lied about education, and the public should have lost faith in their credibility ages ago.

The sad fact is that students who didn’t know any better trusted their idealistic teachers and parents. After graduation, they faced the consequences of taking fairy tales seriously. They faced the stark reality, along with the bad karma that follows. What is worse is that these lies don’t just crush individual lives but adds to the toilet bowl spiral of unpayable debt and the overall economic strain on the country. The zealous herd that rushed to attend college thought, based on everyone’s euphoria of optimism, believed that they could pay their debts. After all, they had the work ethic. They just depended on these fictitious jobs everyone spoke of, which were magically waiting for them prior to graduation. Now jaded and disillusioned, the graduates coming down from their fever of unchecked idealism, realized that the lying public inflated the worth of their degrees. Predictably, the prestige the bachelor’s degree once held vanished as universities pumped out more and more capable but unimpressive students. As too many acceptable graduates flooded the market, the demand for professional work lowered and the demand for mediocre, lower wage jobs remained steady.

This degree inflation apparently didn’t worry Barack Obama, who was known to urge the public to attend college without proper warning of our unforgiving economic climate. Somehow graduates must do something else to get noticed. If everyone can push through their college courses without issue, are university standards rigorous and respectable? Weak and unchallenging are more appropriate terms. In the defense of businesses everywhere, the extremely talented graduates are difficult to find. They do exist. However, they can no longer depend on their education to separate them from the painfully average. No longer does a college degree automatically signify intelligence. Young job candidates, who usually lack essential experience, lost their main selling point: Education. In response to everyone rushing to college like it was California in the mid 1800’s, employers now tend to select their employees based on personal relationships and relevant experience. Moreover, despite how useful the hiring managers like to think of themselves, trimming down their gargantuan resume pile with inferior algorithms only adds to the problem. We can’t expect job applicants to refrain from sending thousands upon thousands of resumes to employers.

If applicants don’t spam employers, our culture labels them shiftless and useless. Failures on both sides, from the job applicant and the employer, are working against the employers’ ability to find the most compatible candidate. Humility, though, will no doubt help match qualified people with employers. The current system fails to meet our needs. Jason Dana, at the horror of hiring managers everywhere, found that job interviews are likely harmful and do not screen out the worst job candidates. Experiments, conducted by Jason Dana and his colleagues, showed that interviewers’ impressions were not reliable in predicting job performance. Even before the interview process, who knows what talent is initially and automatically cut to make the towering stack of resumes less intimidating. Humility, though, cannot unlock all of our dreams either. Even if hiring managers questioned their ability to acquire talent, they still won’t eagerly anticipate our students’ graduation. Employers have the power, and the hiring process is broken. This dysfunction hits the college graduates the worst. They are left groveling, feeling rejected and dejected. With their optimism completely destroyed, the media still hasn’t stopped marketing the college degree as a promise for a better life. Let’s start scrutinizing these news pundit charlatans. The media’s empty promises proselytized our teachers and our parents, and the naive students paid a horrible price for it.