Skip to comments.College grads learning good jobs hard to find now (employers note "skill gap")
Posted on 07/01/2012 3:24:51 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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History degree???? What the HELL would they be good for in the workplace?? NOTHING but be Mr. KnowitAll.
“Meuth, who lives in San Antonio, said she knew the job market for history majors without a master’s degree or teaching certification was limited but decided to go for a major she was passionate about, even in a slumping economy. She wants to work in a museum eventually, which requires a master’s, but is putting it off for now to avoid taking out any loans.”
Again, we see so many seeking the least common denominator (easy path) as a means to gain. Notice that the engineering grads have no issue finding a job?
Andi Meuth displays her class ring from Texas A&M.....Photo: San Antonio Express-News / SA
Let’s emphasize this to kids once again....engineering of any type, science-related degrees, and medical degrees...will be professions that always have open doors. You might have to agree to move a state away or such....but these folks never have problems.
A degree in women’s studies? A degree in gourmet science? A degree in French literature? Well....you’d best hope that Subway has a manager opening somewhere and just take what you can get in times like this.
History majors are often fairly smart.
Now finding a job that ‘uses’ an undergraduate psychology degree, on the other hand...
And NASA has become a “green” agency.
Obama and Holdren have been VERY busy cutting America down to size.
The people I would hire the ones with unique skills needed for if and when Americans have to fight I will already have a crew.
I hire people, I pay heed to such things as shortwave operators, military backgrounds, gunsmithing and certain computer skills.
I have no place for the socialistic tripe fed wussies that openly admire socialism. I can tell on a job application to a good degree where a person stands.
Do any of these young twits do any research at all into "where the jobs are" before settling on a career choice? Psychology?? History?? Basket-weaving??
No, and I blame the stupid PARENTS even more!!
Obtaining a degree that there would be some demand for (and an $85k starting salary) might require some work and spending a few weekends in the lab and library, and not spending weekends with drugs, alcohol and using those "free" contraceptives from Obama.
Proof positive that a college education can't make anyone use common sense.
Psych is totally worthless without a Master’s. With an M.A you could be a therapist.
She needs to find work as a journalist! Hell, it took TWO of them just to write this article. (Sending 3 to 5 resumes a week? That’s it? Seriously? Wow....)
I worked at 10 years old cutting grass and saved 600.00 and I worked and saved for the next 40 plus years
Now I feel like a college grad now I should have spent every dime I made and more and they are going raised my "unearned income" at a higher rate? I think I remember the Bahama's having automatic citizenship if you buy a home there when Nicole Smith died.
They speak English and island life isn't that bad.
The electronic media major should not be having problems, social media coordinator and manager positions are fairly plentiful here in NC, and we were hit hard and still have higher unemployment than TX. Of course, he should have been taking those unpaid internships during summers while still in school, that is if he couldn’t find even a menial paid position with an employer in his field to gain some exposure and make valuable contacts, referrals and at least a few genuine references. It doesn’t sound as if he did this. Is there no longer such a thing as a placement office? All this was common practice, at least up to my college years.
The psych major needs to be interviewing with HR departments and security firms, possibly police forces, anywhere the ability to assess and screen applicants or individuals granted access would be needed. There is a level of intuition to this, however, and no experience will again rise up and bite a job hunter, just as in the previous example. His school failed him if he wasn’t counseled to pursue every avenue of exposure in his chosen profession prior to graduation.
The history major, well, I hope her passion translates into working her butt off in order to find something other than a tour guide position at an historic attraction. There is interest in history as far as salable products, apparel, collectibles, even peculiar things like jigsaw puzzles (thinking of the local Heritage Puzzle Co., a division of Heritage Publishing, very nice stuff if you’re into historic lighthouses and such), so over time she could build her way into a viable business but would need to acquire a great deal of other knowledge in order to capitalize upon a love and knowledge of history. The university that popped her out naive and unprepared is negligent. It’s not as if the job market hasn’t been pretty bad for four years going on five or anything.
These educrats take much for granted and have failed all three of these recent grads, imho.
“Now finding a job that uses an undergraduate psychology degree, on the other hand...”
If someone with a psychology degree doesn’t know what they are going to do with it, they wasted 4 years. My kid is a freshman majoring in psychology and she altrady started her business plan for when she graduates.
That’s the difference between conservatives and liberals. Libs are waiting to be handed a job. Conservatives create a job.
Degrees should have different values monetarily. I cant understand why someone would waste so much money on a history degree. I’m on a plan to get my masters in accounting and my CPA so hopefully I will be straight
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