Commencement Graduation And Employment Prospects

Commencement Graduation And Employment Prospects | college-graduation | Economy & Business Special Interests

Is it worth going to college to secure viable employment? Once, the future looked bright, for students earning a university degree and selecting from various offers from employers. Today the mere notion that such a question can and should be asked illustrates that the American economy has greatly transitioned into a very insecure and tenuous career opportunity society. When the lack of employment realities drives job seekers to leave the search for rewarding positions that offer a chance for a path to attaining middle class aspirations, the entire labor equation needs to be rethought.

Putting forth the optimistic viewpoint that Job chances are up for Class of 2015, spins prospects are improving.

“According to the available numbers, hiring is projected to increase somewhere between 8 and 16 percent for the class of 2015. Graduates in California and across the country are benefiting from good timing. The economy is rebounding, baby boomers are retiring and companies that put off hiring are short-staffed.

But new graduates are competing with a backlog of recent grads who also are looking for work and may have more experience. Despite the recovery, the unemployment rate for young college graduates is still north of 7 percent. The underemployment rate – which also counts part-time workers who want full-time jobs and discouraged workers who have stopped looking – is nearly 15 percent.

Both those rates are still higher than in 2007, before the Great Recession, the Economic Policy Institute points out.”

However, is this true and what about the permanent unemployed and the underemployed? Entry level positions no longer offer training programs as a gateway to senior management. The crux of corporatism is that labor is expendable and a work force becomes interchangeable.

The corporate world operates by a set of standards that workers are readily available at low rates of remuneration and can be replaced without harming the organization.

Small business does not view their employees with such a cavalier attitude. Buying into the myth that a college degree is necessary to achieve employment novena is breaking down. The obvious reality that Mounting Student Debt Shapes Rough Job Outlook For Young College Graduates, is a factor that must be confronted when entering into the higher education cocoon.

“This year’s pack of departing college seniors claims a dubious distinction: The class of 2015 is now the most indebted graduating class in history — though, if past years are any indication, the honor won’t last long. Next spring — barring any unexpected generosity from Washington or college administrations — the class of 2016 will take over the title.

Graduates this year owe an average of about $35,000 in student loan debt, according to an analysis of government data by Mark Kantrowitz, publisher at Edvisors.com, which covers planning and paying for college. That’s up from about $10,000 more than 20 years ago.”

This excessive financial burden might be rationalized if real marketable skills were taught by the institutions of higher learning. However, the painful result of attending most colleges or universities is that the student will discover that advancing their practical education skills is absent from most curriculums.

A commencement graduation has traditionally been an affirmation of the future. Is it not a sad state of affairs when an actor pulls back the curtain of the absurd condition that faces graduates?

“You made it,” actor Robert De Niro told New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts graduates on Friday. “And you’re f***ed.”

Take away an even more important message. Workers in general are becoming marginalized in a robotic and artificial intelligence age. Expectations of consistently maintaining meaningful employment over a lifetime is lessened and having a degree is certainly no guarantee of advancing employment worth.

Add into this backdrop the financial risks of a worldwide financial meltdown. The “so called” hiring prospects will tank with a repeat of a much more severe global depression. Just how will all those student loans get serviced under this circumstance?

Review the Negotium essay, College Education Economics for additional details on the student debt bubble.

Nevertheless, whatever the educational obligations incurred, if a graduate receives a juicy job offer, the money should be available to retire the debt. All this changed with the 2008 economic collapse.

CareerBuilder’s survey is cited in a report, Job Prospects Have Improved For 2015 College Graduates.

“What jobs do they most want to fill? Not surprising, 30 percent of hiring managers have IT jobs and 28 percent want to fill customer-service positions. Accounting and finance, sales, and business development jobs are also among the top positions available.

The biggest concern recruiters and hiring managers have when it comes to hiring grads is that they feel colleges put too much emphasis on “book learning instead of real world learning,” a sentiment expressed by 46 percent.”

Stop the presses! Deconstruct this last statement. “Real World Learning” translates into job experience. Since working at a job requires the ability to provide productive functions to run and administer a business venture, why attend a non functional academic environment that is often hostile to discovering actual business skills?

The operative word is practical. Surviving in an economy on the verge of total collapse requires an internal honesty to face up to the false promises pushed in a culture of deception and deceit.

For those who developed an authentic love and respect for tangible learning throughout their college experience, be grateful. However, for those who matriculated through an education curriculum that avoided the veracity of actual commerce, De Niro is correct.

Finding a job with corporatist conglomerates requires a Faustian Choice, which is no choice at all. Celebrate the merchant economy and stake out a lifetime journey in the real marketplace. Learn well. Earning a living has become even more difficult. Your best developed and self-achieved accomplishment is the understanding that economic survival is built upon independence, perseverance and hard work.

This essentially is the value of higher learning. A degree in economic reality is found in real life.

 


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Fears Google Hire Could Allow Employers to See Your Entire Search History

Fears Google Hire Could Allow Employers to See Your Entire Search History | google-censorship-of-hillary-clinton-search-results-1024x640 | Economy & Business Science & Technology Special Interests

By: The Daily Mail |

Job interviews could get even more awkward with Google’s help.

IN THIS day and age, every boss is going to quickly Google a prospective employee before asking them to come in for an interview.

But now the technology giant is working on project called Google Hire, which The Sun reports will help employers learn perhaps a little bit too much about their new recruits.

It will reportedly be a recruitment tool similar to LinkedIn — however, early reports suggest it will be available through your personal Google account.

If that’s the case, it will link things like your search history and YouTube account with your job applications, laying it all bare for employers to see.

Imagine if recruiters knew every single thing you’d ever looked up on Google.

Technology website Axios reports the tool is currently under testing, and that it will let employers post job listings, and accept and manage applications.

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Employees Who Decline Genetic Testing Could Face Penalties Under Proposed Bill

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By: Against Crony Capitalism |

Better hope your genes are all in order.

“I’m sorry Bill but we can’t promote you as your DNA test shows that you have a genetic tendency toward cancer. We as a firm just can’t take that risk. Also we need to talk about your retirement plans.”

(From The Washington Post)

Employers could impose hefty penalties on employees who decline to participate in genetic testing as part of workplace wellness programs if a bill approved by a U.S. House committee this week becomes law.

In general, employers don’t have that power under existing federal laws, which protect genetic privacy and nondiscrimination. But a bill passed Wednesday by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce would allow employers to get around those obstacles if the information is collected as part of a workplace wellness program.

Such programs — which offer workers a variety of carrots and sticks to monitor and improve their health, such as lowering cholesterol — have become increasingly popular with companies. Some offer discounts on health insurance to employees who complete health-risk assessments. Others might charge people more for smoking. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers are allowed to discount health insurance premiums by up to 30 percent — and in some cases 50 percent — for employees who voluntarily participate in a wellness program where they’re required to meet certain health targets.

And how long until the government gets its hands on this information too? Just think eugenics through the back door.

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Thank The Democrats For The Rush On Robotics To Replace Fast Food Jobs (VIDEO)

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By: The Voice of Reason |

“Hands up, don’t shoot!” No, wait, wrong fictional narrative. What about, “What do we want? Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon?” No, wait, that’s not the right fictional narrative either. Ah yes, now I remember… direct from the liberal rag Huffington Post, How am I supposed to Earn a Living on the Minimum Wage?” Are you kidding? Earth to liberals, come in… do you copy? Hello? Earth to Liberals?

[silence]

Leave it to liberals, or to the Democrat Party in general, to never let the facts get in the way of a perfectly good fictional tale they are trying to sell you in order to perpetuate some type of race or class warfare. They have no shame, and they will say whatever they have to say in order to gin up enough animosity to get votes on election day. Because the argument for why raising the minimum wage to $15 is so asinine, and because the primary reason against it is so elementary, it hardly deserves more than casual mention here before teeing off on the fools advancing yet another phony narrative. In the video below I go into more detail and site several EXTREMELY important statistics never mentioned by the bleeding heart liberals who push for these insane policies.

The concept behind why raising the minimum wage actually cuts jobs is not rocket science to anyone other that a liberal. The following comes from the Employment Policies Institute, an organization I’m sure is spending your tax dollars as effectively as possible undoubtedly.

“When labor costs go up, business owners can do one of three things: Raise prices, cut costs or shrink their profit margins. Given the consumer’s insatiable demand for ever-lower prices, and the fact that most minimum wage employers operate with a profit margin of two to five percent, the only realistic option is to cut costs. One of the key ways to cut costs is to introduce automation or self-service.”

Since only around THREE PERCENT of all workers over the age of age 25 earn the minimum wage, and only about TWO PERCENT of full-time workers earn the minimum wage, the whole idea that “You Can’t Earn a Living on the Minimum Wage,” is utterly absurd, because MINIMUM WAGE JOBS ARE NOT MEANT TO BE CAREERS! So, when you read below what McDonald’s ex-CEO just revealed about the terrifying new reality for fast-food workers, those who lose their jobs will understand who their anger SHOULD be directed towards.

Business Insider Reports:

Fast-food industry veterans are coming out against raising the minimum wage.

“It’s cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who’s inefficient making $15 an hour bagging French fries,” former McDonald’s USA CEO Ed Rensi said in an interview on Tuesday on the Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria.” “It’s nonsense and it’s very destructive and it’s inflationary and it’s going to cause a job loss across this country like you’re not going to believe.”

According to Rensi, rising labor costs are forcing chains to cut entry-level jobs and replace workers with machines. Currently, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, and Panera are rolling out kiosks across the US, in part because of the rising cost of labor.

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Hollis Johnson – McDonald’s Create Your Taste kiosk.

This isn’t the first time Rensi, who served as McDonald’s USA’s president and chief executive from 1991 to 1997, has spoken out against increasing the minimum wage.

“I can assure you that a $15 minimum wage won’t spell the end of the brand,” Rensi wrote of McDonald’s in Forbes in April. “However it will mean wiping out thousands of entry-level opportunities for people without many other options.”

Rensi isn’t alone in this belief.

“With government driving up the cost of labor, it’s driving down the number of jobs,” Andy Puzder, CEO of Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, told Business Insider. “You’re going to see automation not just in airports and grocery stores, but in restaurants.”

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image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

But there is some evidence that concern regarding rising wages may be overblown.

In the past year, McDonald’s investment in employee wages and benefits has already had a significant impact on customer service — one of the most problematic parts of McDonald’s business. According to CEO Steve Easterbrook, customer satisfaction scores were up 6% in the first quarter, compared to the same period last year.

Even if Rensi is convinced that increased pay could doom entry-level employees, it seems as though Easterbrook is seeing returns on McDonald’s investment in workers. Rising costs may convince some chains to invest in machines, but they’re also helping make business more efficient and improving the customer experience.

Download a PDF of Key Facts about the Minimum Wage including all sources here.


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You Could Be Fined 250,000 Dollars If You Offend A Transgender Woman In New York City

You Could Be Fined 250,000 Dollars If You Offend A Transgender Woman In New York City

Political correctness is officially out of control in New York City. According to brand new rules that were just issued by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, you could potentially be fined $250,000 if you purposely offend someone that is transgender. This includes such offenses as calling a transgender woman “him” when she wants to be called “her”, or not allowing a transgender woman to use the women’s bathroom. These guidelines are particularly focused on the behavior of landlords, employers and businesses, but they will undoubtedly create a chilling effect on speech all throughout New York City.

Needless to say, these new regulations will result in a flood of litigation as transgender individuals exercise their new “rights”. According to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, employers must now use “an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title” when referring to that person. And some of the pronouns that were given as examples by the Commission were only recently introduced to the English language and many people don’t even know how to pronounce them. The following comes directly from the new “guidelines”

The NYCHRL requires employers and covered entities to use an individual’s preferred name, pronoun and title (e.g., Ms./Mrs.) regardless of the individual’s sex assigned at birth, anatomy, gender, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on the individual’s identification. Most individuals and many transgender people use female or male pronouns and titles.

Some transgender and gender non-conforming people prefer to use pronouns other than he/him/his or she/her/hers, such as they/them/theirs or ze/hir.

All facilities in New York City will now also be required to allow transgender individuals to use whatever bathrooms and locker rooms they prefer. Here is more from the new “guidelines”

The NYCHRL requires that individuals be permitted to use single-sex facilities, such as bathrooms or locker rooms, and participate in single-sex programs, consistent with their gender, regardless of their sex assigned at birth, anatomy, medical history, appearance, or the sex indicated on their identification. The law does not require entities to make existing bathrooms all-gender or construct additional restrooms. Covered entities that have single-occupancy restrooms should make clear that they can be used by people of all genders.

So what would stop some sick pervert from pretending to be transgender just so that he can go into the women’s locker room at the gym?

Presumably nothing.

You would think that New York City would have far bigger priorities to deal with than this. Right now, almost 60,000 people are sleeping in homeless shelters in New York City every night, and the homeless crisis there has gotten so bad that it is being called an “epidemic”.

This is just another example of our society’s growing obsession with political correctness. And if you think that it is bad now, just wait until the next generation takes over.

Our colleges and universities have become political correctness indoctrination centers. One survey found that 62 percent of our colleges and universities have implemented “speech codes” that “severely departed from First Amendment standards”, and students are going to ridiculous extremes to try to insulate themselves from any language that could possibly be considered “racist”, “sexist” or threatening. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent article about political correctness at U.S. colleges that was published by the Telegraph

The lexicon of college has changed: students now speak about “micro-aggressions”, “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces”.

The notion of the “safe space” first emerged to describe a place of refuge for people exposed to racial prejudice or sexism. But the phrase has changed meaning to the point where now it often implies protection from “exposure to ideas that make one uncomfortable”, according to Nadine Strossen, a prominent law professor and former head of the American Civil Liberties Union.

At Brown University – like Harvard, one of the eight elite Ivy League universities – the New York Times reported students set up a “safe space” that offered calming music, cookies, Play-Doh and a video of frolicking puppies to help students cope with a discussion on how colleges should handle sexual assault.

And all over America, colleges and universities are seemingly obsessed with getting our young people to use the right words. For example, just check out what is happening at the University of Michigan

Dozens of posters plastered across the University of Michigan caution students not to say things that might hurt others’ feelings, part of a new “Inclusive Language Campaign” at the state’s flagship public university that cost $16,000 to implement.

Words declared unacceptable through the campaign include “crazy,” “insane,” “retarded,” “gay,” “tranny,” “gypped,” “illegal alien,” “fag,” “ghetto” and “raghead.” Phrases such as “I want to die” and “that test raped me” are also verboten.

Meanwhile, the quality of the education being served at these institutions has plummeted and millions of students are graduating each year without any real marketable skills. Most parents assume that their children are being prepared for “the real world” when they attend college, but in many cases that simply is not happening.

I attended public universities here in the United States for eight years, so I know what I am talking about. Instead of learning skills and abilities that apply to the marketplace of tomorrow, our young adults are being taught all sorts of gobbledygook. The following are some real courses that have been taught at U.S. colleges in recent years…

-“What If Harry Potter Is Real?

-“Lady Gaga and the Sociology of Fame

-“Philosophy And Star Trek

-“Learning From YouTube

-“How To Watch Television

But these mindless courses are actually preferable to the courses which systematically pump radical leftist propaganda into the minds our our impressionable young people. Thanks in part to our system of education, each generation of Americans has steadily become more liberal. And at this point we are already so far gone as a society that it appears that there is not much hope left for us.

If you doubt this, just look at what is in the headlines. Once again this year, Barack Obama is “the most admired man” in America. He has now won that title eight times.

And Hillary Clinton was once again crowned “the most admired woman” in America. She has won that title 14 years in a row, and 20 times overall.

The American people love Obama and Clinton and the politically correct system that they represent. I wish I could be more optimistic about the future of our country, but at this point it is hard to see much hope.

So what do you think?

Is there any hope that any of this could ever be turned around?

Please feel free to tell us what you think by posting a comment below…


Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and has a law degree and an LLM from the University of Florida Law School. He is an attorney that has worked for some of the largest and most prominent law firms in Washington D.C. and who now spends his time researching and writing and trying to wake the American people up. You can follow his work on The Economic Collapse blog, End of the American Dream and The Truth Wins. His new novel entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.