A legal case
has been causing some amusement in the office. A recent IT graduate has sued her college because despite getting a degree she can't find a job.
Trina Thompson graduated from Munroe College in New York with a degree in IT in April. She got a 2.7 grade point average (the top is 4.0, so in UK terms it's about the equivalent of a good 2:2) and a good attendance record but says she has received little support from the college about finding a job afterwards and so is suing for $70,000 to cover her tuition fees.
People often talk about a culture of entitlement in this country and this case seems a pretty strong case in point. The US is currently in the midst of its worst recession since the 1930s and it's not unusual for graduates to have to wait a while to get into the jobs market.
Secondly an IT qualification isn't the guarantee of a job that it once was, particularly if it's not a particularly good one. Ten or twenty years ago perhaps, but today the market is flooded.
The college has said the case is without merit and has confirmed it will fight the case. It'll have to, if it pays out on this the future bills from disgruntled graduates will be huge.
As for Ms Thompson she really has shot herself in the foot on this one. No employer is going to touch her with a barge pole now. No-one wants an employee who will sue at the drop of a hat. Maybe she should reconsider her options and try for a career in the law.