What makes some economically well off parents push their college graduate children to work,
even in jobs below their educational level in which they'll gain no related job experience instead of having them do internships & wait until a job educationally commensurate comes along? Some counselors & parents assert it's a gross disservice to recent college graduates to work in jobs that are below their educational level. In addition to this, they feel that the latter won't gain relevant job experience. It's opined that, these college graduates will be relegated to dead end jobs w/no prospects of advancement & it's better to wait until a related job with a future arrives.
There are many people who aren't working in the fields that they studied for due to layoffs and cutbacks as well as the recent students. The graduates need to do something until a break comes through. Don't be too proud to work a job to make ends meet. We all must have alternatives. Students should also get a spiritual education if they don't find a job in the meantime. In fact, that's what this lack of jobs is boiling down to.
Our grandson finished with honours in a top Canadian university and wanted to proceed to a Master's Degree. Those of us in the family with post graduate degrees discouraged this. He needed a job experience, what it means to be accountable for something. He worked as a tour guide and got really depressed. He could not get into any internships as most of these required being enrolled in a Master's Degree. But it was in this job that he met a person who gave him his business card and told him to follow up with him. He finally did and now he is working for this guy's firm as a head hunter. So, any job is a transition and working is the best that can happen to them. Rather than sit at home, they learn many things while working. It was more of a challenge for us not to give our support for the Master's Degree until he gets at least 2 years job experience.
I agree with aesta1. As parents it's our job to create stand alone productive citizens. Any job will help grads to get their feet wet and interact with different kinds of people in different kinds of situations. You're grown up now, be an adult.
There is an iconic concept known as "work ethic" which often needs to be dusted off and put into practice. Sometimes accepting a job that is "below one's educational level" is merely becoming educated in another field, which in this case happens to be the field of reality.
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