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A SWAT for the jobless and the clueless

Submitted by on Thursday, 20 August 2009 No Comment

As Trina Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average.

Much to Thompson’s dismay no one’s pouncing, and when she was still unemployed three months after her graduation from Monroe College in New York she took the only logical step.

She sued for $72,000 – the full cost of her education plus a little extra for her stress -  claiming the college’s career services department should have found her a job.

She says officials didn’t work hard enough to help her, instead showing preferential treatment to students with better grades. Imagine!

“They’re supposed to say, ‘I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right — can you interview this person?’ They’re not doing that,” she told CNN.

Note to Trina: That’s not the way the real world works. And with the grammar skills such as those, I’m sure a few more potential employers just circular-filed your resume.

And here’s another note to Trina: In case you were too stressed this spring to keep up on the news, please know that the nation’s unemployment rate is quadruple your GPA. You’re had the misfortune to graduate during a tough job market. Don’t take it personally.

I don’t want to get into comparing academic records here, but my GPA also was considerably higher than yours – not that anyone’s asked in 23 years – and I have decades of experience.

No one was pouncing on me either last fall and winter. I had to work it, and work it hard. You might consider doing the same.

Believe me, I know it’s tough out there. But fixating on who coulda, shoulda, woulda helped you isn’t going to bring home the paycheck.

Can’t find paying work? Volunteer. It shows initiative. With a degree in business administration, any number of non-profits would be thrilled to have your services. You’ll keep busy, build credentials and make connections.

Yes, you raise a good point that some college placement offices stink. Mine did as well – I never landed so much as an internship from anyone there, which is why I chuckle as I circular file all mail from the alumni association.

I survived, though, and you can, too, if you stay out of court and get into your community.

Meanwhile, Stop Wasting America’s Time with a frivolous, whiny lawsuit. You think it’s not fair that recent college graduates are forced to work at McDonald’s and Payless? Get in line behind millions of other jobless Americans.

Know of someone who deserves a SWAT? Click here to make a nomination.

Copyright 2009 Debra Legg. All rights reserved.

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