The choice for young Americans is not selling out to evil corporations or “starving as an unpaid or underpaid activist,” writes Eric at Classical Values. Get a day job while you’re waiting for your big break. Join the working class.
In response to two books on the job market’s indifference to film and women’s studies majors, Eric praises Molly Hartmann Ahrens, a Bryn Mawr sociology graduate who found an income and satisfaction as a bartender. Now she gets paid — plus tips! — for observing social interactions.
He blames “the relentless, all-encompassing self esteem movement” for creating an entitlement mindset.
Even people who might have practical degrees in something useful nonetheless think it is beneath them or degrading to have to work in entry level positions and work their way up.
Another head of the monster is the creation of a useless and unemployable caste, by the conferring of meaningless degrees in an unending litany of identity group “studies.” The holders of these degrees have their self esteem delusionally bolstered by a false belief that the “system” which sees no value in their valueless degrees is victimizing them . . .
No wonder they feel entitled. If they didn’t have the feeling of entitlement, I’m afraid they’d have nothing at all.
He suggests grads who majored in “me studies” consider training in bartending, automotive repair and handyman skills.
When my daughter was graduated from Stanford with a degree in American Studies, she found employers were eager to hire her — as an unpaid intern. She lowered her sights a notch, found a paying (not very well) job, worked for awhile and then started law school. (I visited her this week in Chicago, where she’s working for the summer in the U.S. attorney’s office, and heard “Richie the Rat” testify in the “Family Secrets” trial of elderly gangsters.) If young people have a sense of entitlement, it doesn’t last long once they hit the job market. You take what you can get or move back in with your parents.