If you are parents of a recent college graduate or postgraduate, would you financially support
him/her until he/she finds a job/career that is comparable to his/her educational level or would you tell him/her to take a job regardless of the job's educational level? There are parents who DO financially support their children until they find a job commensurate with their educational level no matter HOW LONG it takes while there are parents who push their children to WORK immediately after graduation regardless of whether or not the job is dead end- as long as they work which isn't fair to the children and their career prospects.
My daughter had a part time job in college and continued it until she found a job in her field. I believe that a graduate can find a part-time job and search for full time employment. Otherwise, nobody wins, as finding a job within a field often takes time. I know someone who could not find a good paying job for several years, as her degree was in a field that did not pay a decent salary. Ir is not fair to parents to support a child who insists on not working until he finds a suitable job.
Good question gmwilliams, but I think a question like this requires a complex answer. Being a recent graduate myself I truly understand the difficulty obtaining a job following graduation. One thing to consider would include if the recent grad can get a job in his/her field immediately after graduation. For example, I just received my doctoral degree and have to work one year in a postdoctoral fellowship. So technically I am no longer a college student but in the same token I am not a licensed psychologist either. What that equates to is despite having a doctoral degree I will not get paid as such until I can become licensed after completing my postdoc hours.
So using myself as an example I would be more lenient on my child if this was their situation or something similar. But say he/she graduated with an Associates or Bachelors degree then I would likely expect a little faster results since nothing would be holding them back from employment unless their field is overpopulated.
I guess it would be personal to the particular situation - but my instinct would say if they can go to work right after then that would be my expectation.
I would do what my parents did with me. They told me as long as I was in school, it was my job to get good grades, so I worked only when school was on break, or over the summer. When I wanted to go to grad school far away from home, they told me I had to finance it with scholarships and teaching assistantships. When I got my terminal degree, I was expected to go to work, and support myself. They helped out a little bit if I got in a bind, but for the most part, I didn't need help, because by that time, I was used to working, and not living beyond whatever means I scraped together. It was hard, compared to some of my classmates, whose parents foot the bill for everything, and never had to work while they were in school---but in the long run, I benefited from being expected to contribute. Instead of holding out for my dream job, I took the job that offered me a chance to just go to work in my field, and worked my way into better positions.
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