Most of us on CC expect that our kids will graduate from college and go on to find a successful career. But what about the ones who dont? I wanted to share the story of two young adults who graduated a year ago and are still unemployed. Both mothers are very frustrated because they had high expectations for their children. Yet, I feel that in some way, they may have contributed to this situation.
Grad A received a degree in biology from MIT. She is the daughter of a relative. She received a full need-based scholarship to MIT so does not have any student debt. When most of the students at MIT had summer internships, she chose to return home and do nothing each summer. On one occasion, I remember hearing her brag at a party that when she graduated she was going to make big money because she was an MIT graduate. Grad A has NEVER worked (not in high school nor in college). Since her graduation last May, she has not been able to find a job in her field that pays much more than minimum wage (even with a degree from MIT). She has refused to even consider working in retail or waiting tables. She does not want to go to grad school. So, according to her mother, she sits at home with no plans for the future.
Grad B received a degree in veterinary medicine a year ago. She is extremely bright. She is the daughter of a friend of mine. After 8 years in college, she has racked up over $150K in student debt. Her student loans are now in deferment. Like Grad A, she has NEVER worked with the exception of a high school job that only lasted 2 days. She walked off the job because she didnt like the way a customer treated her. She graduated a year ago, but has not been able to find a vet job that pays a salary that she feels she deserves. So, like Grad A, she sits at home with no plans for the future.
The one thing that both of these unemployed graduates have in common is the fact that they have NEVER been employed. They didnt work in high school or during the summers while they were in college. Neither one participated in a college internship. Both of these young adults were brought up in households where the parents did not expect them to work. They seem to have a sense of entitlement to a high-paying job right out of college with no work experience. So instead of starting out with an entry-level position, they choose to not work at all.