NPR—Finding A Job Is Hard For Even The Most Educated

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Getting a degree in down times can be a liability for some who can't find jobs and have massive loans.

The conventional wisdom that getting a degree helps your career is not quite panning out for Shana Berenzweig.

The 33-year-old quit her job at the Texas Medical Association to get a master's in public administration at New York University. She worked part time, graduated nearly two years ago and moved back to Austin, Texas. So far, she hasn't been able to find a job.

"It's very scary to be in this position," says Berenzweig, who is trying to make payments on her six-figure school loans with some assistance from her parents and by cobbling together babysitting gigs.

Caught this one on the morning run, it does a good job at getting inside this tough job market. Listen to or read it all--KSH.

Filed under: * Culture-WatchEducation* Economics, PoliticsEconomyLabor/Labor Unions/Labor MarketThe Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--

Posted March 30, 2010 at 8:30 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Old Pilgrim wrote:

So. The Liberal elites have finally admitted this problem. I’ve been overqualified in fields that the elites have driven out of the workspace in this country for some time now. I am also over 60. Add to that being the less-preferred gender and the problem of employers considering earned degrees only viable for about 5 years after graduation, and it’s well-nigh impossible to find employment.

No employer that I’ve encountered will consider someone like me for a job that has lower qualifications…“you’d be bored” is one of the attitudes that’s widespread. I would walk dogs if I could get the work, but I can’t get hired. Thankfully, I never had student loans, and don’t have to pay anything back. I’m debt-free, just unemployed. Anyone who goes back to school for retraining in the popularly touted fields like health care is taking a real gamble. Best of luck to you.

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