Recent College Graduates Experience Cheap Labor

6 Mar

For most of us, college is a great challenge. We’re given a lot of work, and have pressure to do well, all so that we are able to compete in the job market after graduation.stessed_students

We certainly realize that entering the workforce will provide us with another challenge, as we know that whatever we do after college is not likely to be easy. But, do we anticipate working as many hours in our 20’s as we do in the following years once we have established ourselves in a specific career?

We know work is time consuming and difficult at many times, but most of us probably had the idea that as a 22 year old we would have time to enjoy life as well. However, it seems employers disagree. Companies are expecting more and more from recent college graduates. It seems that even at such a young age, work will absolutely consume our lives.

Our generation has become one of cheap labor, where we are expected to work long extraneous hours for a small amount of pay. Sure, we will receive more pay as we put more time in, but it seems that we are expected to waste away our youth to get there. This is a time in our lives where we should be exploring the world and what it has to offer. I’m not saying that we shouldn’t have to work like everyone else, but it should be more of a process. Instead, we will be thrown in, with no way out.i-like-living-in-my-moms-basement-because-its-underground (1)

As a result, the average net worth for those under 35 has dropped by 68 percent since 1984, and over a million more people from the ages of 25 to 34 have been forced to live with their parents. Many recent college graduates cannot support themselves on the small paychecks they are receiving.

Professionals of the business world admit that entry-level jobs are being replaced by internships where there is little to no pay, and unfortunately, not much to learn that will help you later land a career in that field.

This is a sad reality that may be hard for most of us to accept, but we need to understand that landing the job isn’t the only difficulty after graduation. There are some of us that will get lucky, and may never have to deal with this type of hectic lifestyle. However, they will be amongst the few.keep-calm-you-can-do-it-18

Don’t feel completely hopeless though, because you could be one of those few. If you’re not that luck,, then you can look forward to retiring early and relaxing then, after all your hard work has paid off.  I know that it may be hard not to feel pessimistic but there is something to be said to preparing yourself so that you are not taken aback when the time comes.

-Brittany Peterson

Image sources: (stressed student), (Frog Mom’s Basement), (Keep Calm…)


One Response to “Recent College Graduates Experience Cheap Labor”

  1. Phil Stenglein August 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

    I realize that this a blog relating to College graduates, but the facts, statistics and points you raise are effecting our society as a whole not just young people. Unfortunately, it is not just ruining young peoples free time but, the American dream as well. This should not be a cause for pessimism but for activism. We need young people and working people, white collar and blue collar to rise up and say enough is enough. To spend four years of your life studying, applying your focus and spending 150,000.00 + to then go on and be an intern! Or work for minimum wage! is ludicrous and disgusting. A net worth of 68% less than the previous generation and living in moms basement is purely unacceptable. How long will we let corporations and politicians get away with this. Income inequality and corporate profits are at an all time high, bailouts and tax free status. Companies hiding a trillion dollars overseas while blue collar people starve and our college graduates are relegated to cellar dwellers. Do not fight against the minimum wage hike. Get behind it! If they are paying Mcdonalds workers $15.00 an hour maybe companies will have to start out their entry level college grads at 25.00 an hour. Get behind the Walmart workers. The Waltons are the richest family in the country and made a 21 billion dollar profit last year, yet most of their workforce receive taxpayer subsidies. Yes the government is taking money out of our measly paychecks to buy food for Walmart workers. Remember the famous quote by Martin Niemoller, the German Pastor who said, “First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Socialist.

    Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
    Because I was not a Jew.

    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

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