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2nd-May-2007 10:43 pm
Or maybe what attracts employers to college grads is the scent of desperation. Unless your parents are rich and doting, you will walk away from commencement with a debt averaging $20,000 and no health insurance. Employers can safely bet that you will not be a trouble-maker, a whistle-blower or any other form of non-"team-player." You will do anything. You will grovel. - Barbara Ehrenreich, "The Higher Education Scam"
3rd-May-2007 03:41 am (UTC)
This strongly reminds me of John Grisham's 'The Firm'. As you probably remember, The Firm used to employ precisely this type of graduates for precisely these same reasons (plus one more reason: the omerta).
3rd-May-2007 11:18 am (UTC)

I think she's nailed it! Sadly enough....
3rd-May-2007 12:44 pm (UTC)
Certainly it's not because most corporate employers possess a deep affinity for the life of the mind. In fact in his book Executive Blues G. J. Meyers warned of the "academic stench" that can sink a career: That master's degree in English? Better not mention it.


I remember reading an article in the Chronicle, written by a woman who couldn't find any job, until she took her PhD (chemistry, I think) off her resume ^^;
3rd-May-2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
I don't know, seems to me college graduates have the most outrageous of expectations.
3rd-May-2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Ouch. So very true according to the recruits I'm seeing at work^^
3rd-May-2007 06:27 pm (UTC)
Ha! So true!
4th-May-2007 02:48 pm (UTC)
It's true that that is what is most often coming out of college, but I don't think that's what makes recent grads attractive. I know at my company it seems to be really irritating a lot of the management that so much of the new staff (the company is expanding quite a bit)is so reactive instead of proactive in their work. Only very weak companies with weak management would seek out gutless employees to inevitably become cubicle drones.

It's basically the scared perception of what management wants that holds people back. This woman is trying to make it someone else's fault that she or someone else is gutless, and too scared to take a stand.

In the case of tech jobs - new grads in general are also better educated than someone who got the same degree from the same school 5-10 years ago.
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