Here is a headline for you, “Jobless Graduate Sues College”. Pretty good huh? I never thought to blame my school for a lack of work, but apparently Trina Thompson thought of it. The jobless student named Trina Thompson sues Monroe College for her lack of a job. It sounds like she may have gained some creative thinking skills while at Monroe. With a sound legal strategy like that Monroe may want to consider branching out to opening a law school.
Monroe College Sued By Graduate
According to the New York Post Trina Thompson is suing to get back nearly $70,000 that she paid in tuition, and $2,000 for “stress” related to her search for a job. $70,000 for a Bachelor’s Degree sounds a little steep to me, and if I can get $2,000 for “stress” then maybe I need to sue someone as well.
Trina Thompson boasts a 2.7 GPA and a “good attendance” record but she can’t find a job since graduation in April. Somehow that is the fault of Career Services at the school, and can’t be because of any other reason. At least that’s what Thompson believes. According to CNN:
As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. But Monroe’s career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment, she claims.
“They’re supposed to say, ‘I got this student, her attendance is good, her GPA is all right — can you interview this person?’ They’re not doing that,” she said.
What it sounds like is that Thompson is expecting the Career Services office to do all the work for her to get a job. She is expecting the school to provide the interviews, work the phones, ensure that the resumes are accepted, and ultimately get the job for her. I hate to break it to her, but that’s not really how it works. I think my favorite quote from the story is found here:
Her complaint adds, “The office of career advancement information technology counselor did not make sure their Monroe e-recruiting clients call their graduates that recently finished college for an interview to get a job placement. They have not tried hard enough to help me.”
She suggested that Monroe’s Office of Career Advancement shows preferential treatment to students with excellent grades. “They favor more toward students that got a 4.0. They help them more out with the job placement,” she said.
You mean to tell me that schools favor students who get straight A’s? All this time I thought that it didn’t matter if a student got an A or a C if I wanted a job. Everyone who graduates has employers burning up the phone lines and knocking down my door trying to get me to accept an offer of employment for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Right? That’s how it works, isn’t it?
Here is a clip from Monroe College extolling the virtues of the school. Now pay close attention to see if there is anywhere in this video that states that if you go to school here you are guaranteed a job.
Monroe College Promotional Video