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.