College graduate sues alma mater because she can’t find a job. No. For real.

When I saw this headline on CNN’s website this morning, I clicked on it immediately. At the university level, you’re paying for your education, which ultimately gives you an advantage on the job market. There are no guarantees. And to my knowledge, no college promises any.

But maybe — just maybe — this student had compelling reasons, or better yet, hard evidence to support this unusual argument. So I clicked on the link.

I didn’t read what I expected.

Turns out our sterling graduate completed her degree in business administration just three months ago. You read that correctly. Three months ago. Also? She ain’t so sterling. Yeah, she had good attendance, which is fine. But who touts good attendance as a strength on a job interview? That’s like saying you never got into any fights in class. Big whoop.

What I was most shocked by, however, is this chick’s GPA: an anemic 2.7. In the midst of our deep recession, she is furious that the Office of Career Development “favor[s] more toward students that got a 4.0. They help them more out with the job placement.”

She is also upset that the college hasn’t been proactive enough about finding her a job, even alleging that they “did not make sure their…e-recruiting clients call their graduates that recently finished college for an interview to get a job placement. They have not tried hard enough to help me.”

So potentional employers were supposed to reach out to her? (Moving on…)

A 2.7 GPA isn’t atrocious, but it’s not impressive and it’s far from competitive. Does that really have to be spelled out to her? (Apparently it does.) This woman simply doesn’t have enough good stuff on her resume to stand out from the pack.

Her joblessness isn’t what concerns me, though. It’s her freakin’ entitled attitude.

When I graduated from college eight years ago, the market was awful. The dot com bubble had just burst. There were no jobs anywhere. I begged for a job at my neighborhood Red Lobster, and I waited tables there every night. When I couldn’t take the sight of another shrimp or cheese biscuit, I quit the lobster joint and got a gig as a bank teller, again working during the evenings.

During the day, I interned for free at a local magazine. That was the job I really wanted, but they weren’t hiring and they couldn’t afford to give me lunch, let alone a salary. But I knew the work would be good for me and might be fruitful down the line. And so I interned for free by day and worked a paying gig at night. I did that for many, many months. (In fact, most of my friends were in similar positions right after graduation.)

I’ll spare you the details, but that unpaid internship jumpstarted my entire career. So it pisses me off to hear this 27 year-old woman (only three years younger than me!) complain about her college not finding her a job as quickly as she’d like. I mean COME. ON!

I’m on the lookout for her resume myself. Trina Thompson. From the Bronx. Monroe College grad. If her resume comes across my desk, I know just what I’ll do.

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Rakia the Great, or RtG, is a publishing geek and sometimes literary snob. She's stumbling her way towards personal fulfillment and world domination by, oh, I dunno, writing this blog. Most days she's living her dream as a fancy schmancy editor. But not, like, today.
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7 Responses to College graduate sues alma mater because she can’t find a job. No. For real.

  1. Jackie says:

    Question: can we also sue our alma mater if we lose the job?

  2. Love your “Kool-Aid on the Rocks” title:)

  3. Sherisa says:

    Why is she just graduating at 27 and has no work experience? Another question to ponder. We’re the same age and I finished college AGES ago already. Could’ve gone back twice by now. And hate to admit it, but the name of the school also carries weight. Someone with a B average from Harvard is usually considered a stronger student than an A from some less-demanding college.

    I’m just sayin’…

    Maybe she should hear my story. Then she’ll know what looking for a job is really like.

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  5. Nic says:

    It’s people like this who give graduates a bad name. Talk about a sense of entitlement. She needs to wake up and realise that the world doesn’t owe her anything. She paid for an education and received a degree. The college’s obligation to her, to provide an education, is complete.

    Graduate careers don’t just fall into your lap. And suing will not make them any more likely to do so.

  6. RtG says:

    Exactly, Nic. And to add insult to injury, she wasn’t a star student to begin with. Her complaints seem especially ludicrous.

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