Wednesday, 20 February 2013

The Indian BA bus driver and now the USA BA filing clerk

It was nigh on 50 years go that I ventured to India as a young Arts graduate and became acquainted with the worth of my hard earned degree. I had barely been in the country before I came across the reality of the BA bus driver. Having the tertiary qualification, I was told, was a pre-requisite for steering an omnibus through the streets of New Delhi.
What strange people, I thought back then. All those years of eduction to get such a humble earn.
In the years since I have become less superior. An Arts degree from an Australian university these days probably would not guarantee you a bus driver interview. And in the United States, I read tonight, it takes a B.A. to find a job as a file clerk.
Reports The New York Times:
The college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement, albeit an expensive one, for getting even the lowest-level job.This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school. Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.
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