I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room with my laptop where I have just stumbled across an industry journal for surgical technologists. I don't know much about this field, so I quickly browsed through it and came across a short op-ed written by a newly-minted surgical tech lamenting the difficulty she is having finding an entry-level job. This is interesting because according to current conventional wisdom, jobs in health care are supposed to be abundant. (I'm under the impression that surgical techs assist surgeons in the operating room.)
The short article is titled, "In Search of that Perfect (Any) Job" by Sharon Goff, CST, published in the April 2011 edition of The Surgical Technologist. She wrote that she is a mother in her forties who graduated with honors with an associates degree. Here are three quotes:
Despite it all, I had no job. As a matter of fact, only two girls out of my graduating class have gotten a job.
I have visited many online surgical technology forums and seen the disappointment and anger from techs all over the country experiencing the same thing.
I quit visiting the forums after that because they are too depressing. Shattered dreams, mounting debt, many feeling lied to or manipulated by the schools they attended.Presumably, thousands of unemployed and underemployed people have invested time and money retraining and re-educating for medical support fields. It all sounds like another instance of for-profit (and even public) colleges raking in the dough by making false promises.
In the meantime, as Americans' aggregate student loan debt reaches record levels (daily?), the media and our government will continue to promote the higher education scam. For example: Ohio Universities Told to Develop 3-Year Degrees so that higher education is more accessible to people, allowing them to become "productive members of society" with solid middle class jobs. Of course, our politicians and media commentators completely fail to realize that increasing the number of college graduates will not magically increase the number of middle class jobs, just the number of rightfully angry unemployed and underemployed people with student loan debt.