The case of Trina Thompson is making waves around the blogosphere at the moment.
Trina graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Monroe College in New York in April. A full three months later, Trina says she hasn’t been able to get a job and so she is suing the college for the $70,000 she spent in tuition fees.
Then college says the lawsuit is “completely without merit”, and many bloggers agree, but the BBC is getting a lot of comment from people around the world who say that if university graduates go through the pain and effort, not to mention the expense, of a gaining a degree, they should definitely be entitled to a job at the end.
From Martin in Canada
I totally agree with Trina. In today’s society, virtually all professional degrees people go for require you to spend years in a post-secondary institution. If people could simply buy the books, learn on their own, and only pay someone to supply examinations and print certificates, then this would be fair. But instead, we all have to pay some useless teacher so that he/she can have a job, and so that the university or college can have a business.
And this from William in Nebraska:
Colleges here do sell themselves almost like hucksters, making in many cases false claims about how a degree program (paid by the consumer to them for class costs) will result in enormous increases in pay, and better more secure jobs.
Trina says the college didn’t provide her with the leads and career advice it had promised. But is it up to the college to help you to get a job?
The deeper question is, if you spend time (usually three years) and a lot of money gaining a degree in the belief that it will help to make you a more attractive candidate, are you any more entitled to a job than someone who has high school qualifications, or less?
If you and your family have had to make sacrifices in order to get you to university, are you right to have some belief that it won’t be in vain? That’s what this blogger who agrees with Trina’s law suit argues.
Many of the people I went to university with definitely saw themselves as being more worthy of jobs than people who don’t have degrees, and certainly the fact that they had shelled out tens of thousands of dollars pursuing that degree just reinforced that belief. It could be just the people I went to university with, but something tells me it’s more widespread.
Degrees are supposed to put you in an elite band, but does that make you any more entitled to a job? And with more and more people getting degrees, should graduates’ expectations change?