Overqualified? What the Heck? - page 2

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Employers are demanding experience in this day and age. But how does a person amass the necessary work experience if no one will hire them? This is the $64,000 question. Many hiring managers will unapologetically tell... Read More


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    Quote from yadi87
    as an asn grad maybe im reading a little too much into this statement but i do take some offense. I am an ASN grad w/ honors ( and not from some for-profit school scam, from a legitimate college that is one of the best programs in miami dade county). i did not have anyone to pay my bills i was only able to get through school because of scholarships i applied for and asking my professors to borrow older edition books to study from because i couldnt afford $500.00 + in books.

    I have tons of bills, i dont live with my mother, im a military wife i have to help pay the mortgage and various other bills and work for pennies because a bachelors in biology degree is useless you are pursuing medical school of some sort ( i was and changed my mind but thats a whole other story). I know alot of my colleagues from my ASN program who are in the same position and have kids to take care of.
    Hi, there! I'm the author of this piece checking back in.

    I'm also an ASN grad. I started as an LPN/LVN in my mid-20s, then earned my ASN degree and RN license at age 29. During both stints in school I was on my own, paying my own mortgage and other bills, and had to be self-sufficient.

    So yes, I think you might have read too much into my statement. I was simply providing an example that didn't apply to you, even though you and I might have the same type of degree as the fictional person in the example.
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    On the other side of the coin, I think the current economic situation is enabling employers to hire people who truly are "overqualified" and place them in jobs where their level of education is superfluous. They can be choosy.

    Some banks are demanding college degrees in order to be a $12/hr clerk. A local library now requires that the person checking books out at the desk have a bachelor's degree. They make less than $12/hr. Desperate, jobless college grads are being taking advantage of.

    It's called "academic inflation". It leads to a job increasingly needing higher and higher degree requirement, even when a higher degree is not necessary to perform the job.
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    And now the govt says don't work so many hrs for so much pay to get govt subsidies. It just opens the door for employers to only offer PT with 0 benefits. Then they say save x amt for retirement etc. We can't win!
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    I think this is a great article. I have applied to jobs that were "beneath" my education and have been told I was overqualified. I was stunned. Obviously I KNEW that already, but wanted to step away from the stress hence why I applied. I KNEW I would get paid less as well. I explained all of this. It was no help. My question is if you know I am "overqualified" and you'll never hire me for that spot.. Why call me in to interview. I hate it when employers waste your time!
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