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Without A College Degree, Hard-Pressed For Jobs


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Cal
- 1210 days ago - npr.org
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, college graduates earn about $20,000 more than people without degrees--today's economic realities for those who don't have a degree



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Shelly Peterson (213)
Friday May 6, 2011, 3:58 am
Everything is so messed up!!...VOTE these GOP "blanks" out of office!!...and somehow, WE as a Nation need to make higher education affordable, and it is not!!...Think of how fast all the problems that the World faces this minute, 2011, if everyone that wants to could be going to colledge and Universaty, would change and solutions discovered that could be implemented RIGHT NOW!!!...Wouldn't that be amazing!!......something to think about!!! Thankyou!
 

Carol H. (229)
Friday May 6, 2011, 5:41 am
noted, thanks Cal
 

Lindsey Williams (234)
Friday May 6, 2011, 6:45 am
im 21 and an older man who runs the gate to my community stopped to talk to me the other day....i was telling him how i was working from 5 to 3am at QVC for some extra cash and he looked so sad...he said he felt so bad for my generation...we have to get at least a masters degree if we want to get a job nowadays and yet back then none of his friends had to and they are super rich right now.....it does suck...yes we have life easier than they did but now we are having to works twice as hard to get a job.... and now i am trying to get money to even help pay for school....it is a nightmare.
 

Eileen Novak (444)
Friday May 6, 2011, 10:32 am
News flash: it's tough even with a degree.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday May 6, 2011, 2:22 pm
Noted Cal :-0 There is certainly a lot to be said concerning Intelligance and Creativity...Monetary value should be appropriated accordingly...:-) There are all kinds of Degrees ( Academic and don't forget Hands On !!!! ) :-) Yay!!!!
 

Oceana Ellingson (14)
Friday May 6, 2011, 4:29 pm
Nice to know
 

Monica D. (580)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 12:50 am
20 years ago, most people here left school at the age of 15 or 16, got decent jobs and progressed from there. I think that the current young generation are being screwed over.
 

. (0)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 12:44 pm
Sure they earn more, IF they can get a job....noted with thanks!
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 4:39 pm
Thanks, for posting this, Cal, but I hate to tell you this, but even with a college degree try and find a job! I have a Masters and I will probably be applying to Home Depot this summer. Do you know how many Ph. D.'s are working as waiters! Unfortunately, when degreed people are taking jobs that people with less schooling would normally take, it sucks for everyone concerned.

The Republicans don't really want an educated work force. Well, maybe an MBA with an emphasis in risky loan bundles. Who will be cannon fodder for their wars if everyone has an education? Who will take their son's place? If the "lower" classes are desperate and have no other recourse than to enlist in the military, they will never have to reinstate the draft.
 

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 7:01 pm
I'm going to say true and not true on this article. I have seen collage professors driving 18 wheelers to make a living or other odd jobs. Yes, education pays more employment wise but it has it's ups and downs also.
 

Dianna M. (13)
Saturday May 7, 2011, 8:45 pm
My oldest sister's husband has a college degree. His job got out-sourced and he now works at Wal-Mart.
 

Hartson Doak (33)
Sunday May 8, 2011, 10:34 am
I graduated at the time that the economy was bad and the Government was in need of reducing its spending to balance the budget. Sound familiar? This happened in 65. Those in charge of our economy still have not figured out that this boom and bust only helps the few rich that can weather these manmade economic disasters.
 

Robert O. (12)
Sunday May 8, 2011, 11:41 am
It's very sad but the truth is while a college degree may open doorsthat's not always thecase. Employers, I believe, also put too much emphasis on degrees rather than relevant experience or capabilities. Sometimes people with unrelated degrees get hired into great companies or prime positions and thefact that they have any degree is good enough. I've heard of people with psychology degrees get jobs at insurance companies or people with a degree in religious studies work at an engineering firm, or those with a degree in fashion marketing work in municipal government. I mean WTF? True some of the fundamentals can be transferable into any job or field, but please. Alsoa degree is not the be all end all. I've had the misfortune of working with people thathad advanced degrees and theywere some ofthe dumbest people on the face of the earth. They had no leadership abilities, no organizational or problem solving skills or couldn't do simple things like work a xerox machine or use proper grammar when composing correspondence to staff and clients. They sure as hell had skill though when it came to delegating work or assigning blame or justifying bad decisions though! Meanwhile all the lowly paid people (some also with degrees) were left to run the show and get little recognition and a low salary. Isn't that always the way?
 

criss s. (4)
Monday May 9, 2011, 9:11 pm
Noted, thank you for the article.
 

Ashley N. (10)
Tuesday May 10, 2011, 10:33 am
Even with a college degree, you are going to be hard-pressed to find a job. I had a bachelor's degree, teaching certification, and a year of teaching and I STILL couldn't find a job after I had been laid off due to budget cuts at my school. Technical schools need to be promoted more, not everyone is right for college.
 

Koty Lapid (1013)
Thursday May 12, 2011, 9:57 pm
noted, and thank you
 

jane richmond (10)
Sunday July 10, 2011, 8:59 am
WITH college degree pressed for jobs. There don't seem to be any out there for our youth.
 
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