Wednesday, July 11, 2012

College Educated Waiters Up 81%

Another higher education success story. (Thanks for the Instalanche Glenn)
It’s harder to change the world on a diet of canned beans and frozen corn, often the dinner staple for 24-year-old Darien Buckley.

She has yet to find a job that utilizes her double major in photography and communications after graduating from college in 2010. She is working as a telemarketer at a publishing company in Orange County, California.

In an election year when both President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican challenger Mitt Romney are vying for the support of young voters with promises to restore jobs, youth underemployment isn’t abating. It’s not only debilitating for individuals whose career and income opportunities are stunted. It threatens the economic expansion, as college-educated young adults have traditionally fueled consumer spending on clothes, technology, entertainment and cars.

The number of waiters and waitresses ages 18 to 30 with college degrees increased by 81 percent from 2000 to 2010 — to 159,645 –according to U.S. Census Bureau figures. The number of janitors with college degrees rose by 87 percent to 20,475. There were 1.9 million jobless people ages 20-24 who weren’t in school in June, a gain of 312,000 from May and the biggest increase since record-keeping began on the topic in 1985, according to nonseasonally adjusted statistics.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

It should be required that these stories come with SAT scores and graduating GPAs of the affected students.

4:06 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I'm more interested in how many of them majored in Women's studies or Sociology.

4:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Telemarketing is communication, yes? What is she griping about, she's doing what her major prepares her for?

From a very good source, one can not find good paying jobs with a Master degree in Puppetry either.

4:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

81% since 2000? The economy was even good for many of those years. As for Ms. Buckley, she probably wasn't going to change the world anyway.

5:35 PM  
Blogger JorgXMcKie said...

I was gonna say it could be worse: she could have majored in photography [you need a degree for that?] and Ethnic Studies or similar.

Shortly after I graduated with a BS in poli sci I spent almost 2 years delivering pizzas for a living. I made good money and didn't spend frivolously and that worked out well for me.

5:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They voted to have Obama "fundamentally change" the most vibrant economy the world had ever seen? What did they think he meant by the words "fundamentally change"? This is the change they voted for, and now they complain. No sympathy here, whatsoever.

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The headline should be College Degreed, not College Educated. They clearly didn't get an education. They should open a dry cleaners because that was where they were taken, so they're experienced.

5:49 AM  
Blogger Ken Green said...

I have little sympathy for people who didn't do their homework ahead of time.

There's no excuse for taking a college degree if you haven't looked into what jobs *require* that degree, and what those jobs pay. A college degree isn't a decorative poster, nor is it something one needs on general principles. A degree (or certificate) is a tool to open a certain door. If you want to be a chemist, you need a master's in chem. If you want to be a biologist, you need a master's or doctorate in biology.

People who are taking degrees in areas simply because it interests them, without understanding their job prospects, and specifically understanding how their particular degree will open a door to the job they want, and what it pays are, well...foolish.

7:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I blame the rich. They forced people to take student loans that they had no way of repaying. Especially since they were then forced to major in BS studies (even though it only yielded a BA five or six years later.) We must never blame the victim. We must always blame the rich. By which I mean taxpayers.

9:21 AM  

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home