Trina Thompson graduated in April with a bachelor’s degree from Monroe College in New York. It’s now August, and she still hasn’t been able to find a job. Now, Thompson is suing Monroe, saying the Office of Career Advancement hasn’t provided her with the leads and career advice that was promised.
There are two sides to every story, and we’re not sure which to take here. From what she’s been quoted as saying in an interview with the New York Post, Thompson comes across seeming as though she expected the career services department to do all her job-searching for her. We have no idea what Thompson has done in her attempts to get a job, but a position doesn’t fall into a girl’s lap simply because she completed her degree. Career services can only do so much. Whatever university you attend—be it Harvard or a community college—can merely give you some tools. It’s up to you to put them to use.According to the Frequently Asked Questions section of Monroe’s website, students and alums “can take advantage of career counseling, resume writing workshops, lectures by industry professionals, job fairs and more. Monroe is dedicated to making sure students are prepared before they enter the job market and offer students a life time career resource.” However, ensuring students are prepared to enter the job market doesn’t mean the school has promised to ensure they get jobs.
It does seem that some schools, not necessarily this one, make promises when recruiting new students that aren’t kept. If people don’t ask enough questions or are easily convinced that forking over $70,000, as Thompson did, will guarantee future work, is the school at fault for leading them on? Or are the students and graduates at fault for believing them?