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« on: August 04, 2009, 06:07:08 AM »

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NEW YORK - A New York City woman who says she can't find a job is suing the college where she earned a bachelor's degree.

Trina Thompson filed a lawsuit last week against Monroe College in Bronx Supreme Court. The 27-year-old is seeking the $70,000 she spent on tuition.

Thompson says she's been unable to find gainful employment since she received her information technology degree in April.

She says the Bronx school's Office of Career Advancement hasn't provided her with the leads and career advice it promises.

Monroe College spokesman Gary Axelbank says Thompson's lawsuit is completely without merit.

The college insists it helps its graduates find jobs.

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Good, fuck outrageous costs for school that don't result in shit. Obviously, you can tell I'm still bitter about my own situation.


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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009, 10:58:11 AM »

I've got news for her, if all the people I know are any indication, it wouldn't matter if her school tried to help her get a job or not.

I know multiple people with bachelor's degrees that can't find work right now for anything. They're dumbing down their resumes for retail jobs and still being told they're overqualified and that they can't be hired because they won't stay.
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009, 12:02:48 PM »

This is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard.  She got a degree in IT? Hasn't that been an oversaturated field for years? I've been hearing stories on forums for years of IT people with years of experience being let go and then being unable to find jobs.  Now we're in an economic slump, and this girl wants her money back because she can't find work in an already oversaturated field?  Boo fucking hoo, you mean the college didn't hand you a shiny new job? Welcome to the big, wide world, honey.  Nothing's going to get handed to you any more.

I hate the sense of entitlement of this generation.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009, 12:55:45 PM »

I hope the university counter sues and has her future wages garnished for the rest of her life.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2009, 01:20:10 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 04, 2009, 12:55:45 PM

I hope the university counter sues and has her future wages garnished for the rest of her life.

This.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009, 01:22:40 PM »

Yeah - She's been looking for a job for what, 4 whole months?  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2009, 01:49:44 PM »

Eh, I wonder how fussy she's trying to be about finding a job. When I graduated school (in IT no less) I knew that there were only a few options available and that I would most likely end up doing quality assurance or tech support. Fortunately I lucked into a developer job straight out of school but a good majority of people who graduate end up in one of those two starting positions and have to work their way up.

I also wonder if she's willing to relocate.
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« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2009, 03:04:48 PM »

I'd like to see where she was guaranteed in writing that she would receive assistance that would guarantee a job.  She has no contract with them guaranteeing results.  I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a summary dismissal of this case.
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« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2009, 03:43:04 PM »

wow, how many grads with liberal arts degrees will be sueing next.......
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« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2009, 03:46:10 PM »

And take away her diploma.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2009, 04:01:23 PM »

All I can do is  Roll Eyes

People really will sue for anything.  Universities do not guarantee job placement, and while guidance and resources are made available, it is up to the student seeking employment to utilize these tools.  Universities do not hold your hand during your education and certainly not when finding a job.  I wonder what the time limitation is as I have a degree from a well-funded university and am currently out of work.   Roll Eyes

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« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2009, 04:22:36 PM »

hell, i know many who fell into this kind of predicament.  a double major in econ and philosophy grad bank teller (much better now, but it wasn't quick or easy).  a pre med student who washed out and now works in a movie theater.  a mechanical and materials science grad who was let go after 5 years and is still looking, 6 months after.  a drafter with ~10 years experience, let go after the firm he worked for scaled back into hibernation mode and only exists as a business entity.  a commercial designer laid off from a big corporation, still looking for anything she's qualified to do.  a pharmacy tech who saw the demand drop off while the pool increased, still looking 18 months later while doing odd jobs.

it's a hard life and lesson to learn, but you need a dose of reality.  an education does not guarantee you a career, and in a recession, nobody is immune.  learn this now or get on the next shuttle to the sun.
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« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2009, 05:48:59 PM »

Quote from: PeteRock on August 04, 2009, 04:01:23 PM

All I can do is  Roll Eyes

People really will sue for anything.  Universities do not guarantee job placement, and while guidance and resources are made available, it is up to the student seeking employment to utilize these tools.  Universities do not hold your hand during your education and certainly not when finding a job.  I wonder what the time limitation is as I have a degree from a well-funded university and am currently out of work.   Roll Eyes

Give me a fucking break.

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« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2009, 05:53:49 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on August 04, 2009, 03:43:04 PM

wow, how many grads with liberal arts degrees will be sueing next.......

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« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2009, 06:10:01 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on August 04, 2009, 05:53:49 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on August 04, 2009, 03:43:04 PM

wow, how many grads with liberal arts degrees will be sueing next.......

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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2009, 06:15:55 PM »

I have a degree in radio-tv communications....i work construction..... nod
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2009, 06:19:44 PM »

Quote from: Scuzz on August 04, 2009, 06:15:55 PM

I have a degree in radio-tv communications....i work construction..... nod

I have a degree in Geology.  I am currently a stay-at-home dad after 10 years in the environmental consulting industry. 

We don't have children.  Just two dogs.   icon_redface

At least I have a phone interview later today.  Can I sue them if they don't hire me? 
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« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2009, 07:33:12 PM »

Quote from: Chaz on August 04, 2009, 12:02:48 PM

She got a degree in IT? Hasn't that been an oversaturated field for years?
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« Reply #18 on: August 04, 2009, 07:37:42 PM »

The last major coder bubble burst back in 2000-01 (right around the time I graduated with my IT degree).  while the industry still suffers at the vagaries of the economy, it is no longer as bad as it was then.

Back then, senior programmers were taking junior positions, junior programmers were taking entry positions, and entry-level programmers were asking if you wanted fries with that.
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« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2009, 01:14:06 AM »

Playing Devil's Advocate, I am not sure about a college, but I know that the local Devry type schools do insist that you will graduate and get a $50,000 IT job...They just dont put it in writing and many people don't realize it's not true until it's too late....

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« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2009, 02:47:26 AM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 04, 2009, 07:37:42 PM

Back then, senior programmers were taking junior positions, junior programmers were taking entry positions, and entry-level programmers were asking if you wanted fries with that.

I was part of that last group.  Thankfully I've crawled my way back into the industry after a few years of just paying the bills. 
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