Times are hard, and college graduates are learning that right about now. After the cap and gown are taken off and the job search begins, not every student can secure a job immediately after graduating, and some are left in the same position before they went to college. Back at home with their parents, this time with massive student loan debt.
New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave some interesting career advice to these “so-so” students, as he calls them. Last week on his weekly radio show, he stated that instead of amassing tens of thousands in loan debt, these students should pick a more viable career.
“The people who are going to have the biggest problem are college graduates who aren’t rocket scientists, if you will, not at the top of their class,” he said.
“Compare a plumber to going to Harvard College — being a plumber, actually for the average person, probably would be a better deal.”
He said plumbers make a good living without having to pay off college loans.
“You don’t spend … four years spending $40,000, $50,000 in tuition without earning income,” he explained.
Bloomberg also pointed out that a career in plumbing won’t be subjected to a computer coming in and taking over your job or having it outsourced. “It’s hard to farm that out … and it’s hard to automate that,” he said.
Bloomberg is also planning on making it more accessible for students to learn a vocational career before stepping foot on a campus. In April, The New York Times reported that Bloomberg announced that 78 new schools would open in New York City during the coming academic year, seven of which would be vocational or technical schools.