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College students: stop asking us about our future plans

Posted: April 23, 2012 at 3:11 pm   /   by

Time is running out until colleges across the country fill their stadiums with the parents and families of graduates for commencement ceremonies.  Herds of students will pretend to listen as people who have already made it dispense platitudes about achievement, the future, and all sorts of other wonderful things.

Sadly, after the celebrations are over, it will become apparent for many of them that slightly more than half of recent college graduates can’t make proper use of their degrees.

From the AP:

About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor’s degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years.

Broken down by occupation, young college graduates were heavily represented in jobs that require a high school diploma or less.

In the last year, they were more likely to be employed as waiters, waitresses, bartenders and food-service helpers than as engineers, physicists, chemists and mathematicians combined (100,000 versus 90,000).

It is a tragic waste of human potential and public investment that these young people are unable to find quality employment.  The Romney campaign, of course, has wasted no time in seizing on the issue:

“I saw a report this morning that just about half of all the kids coming out of college can’t find work or are underemployed,” Mr. Romney told voters at a campaign stop here. “Can you imagine?”

The response should have been, “Yes we can”.

Western Free Press would like to take this opportunity to shamelessly implore you to stop asking graduating college seniors what their plans are, because the odds are good that they don’t have any.  In this era of high unemployment, it is a cause that will minimize the shame and embarrassment experienced by young people all over America.


Hannah Thoreson

Hannah Thoreson is a science and technology writer based in northern Virginia. She earned a physics degree from Arizona State University in 2012 and has been causing trouble ever since.

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College students: stop asking us about our future plans