Emily Koss' Op-Ed article lamenting her predicament about being an over-educated nanny demonstrates that she is not taking responsibility for the choices she has made. As a university professor and the father of a college junior and high school junior, I know it is important not just to graduate from college but to graduate with a degree that provides you an employable profession with a decent salary.
Koss says that for the first time education is not the answer for improving one's status and expanding opportunities. However, the
Koss needed to ask herself before choosing a major if there was a demand for that degree. It's too late to ask that question after you graduate.
It's most daunting, as 24-year-old Koss relates, that meaningful employment has proved so elusive for well-educated millennials like herself. Let's hope Koss won't have to settle for menial day jobs for long after "slogging through 18 years of school."
Perhaps the iconic 1960s folk-rock song "Subterranean Homesick Blues" will console her as she continues to pay her day-job dues.
Poor Koss and her friends are part of the "best-educated generation in American history" despite the fact that they can't find the jobs they want.
It's no longer enough to major in a liberal arts field with the feel-good dream of serving nonprofit causes. Jobs worthy of a paycheck today are nannying, clerking, cooking and teaching — fields those from past generations worked "to pay the bills" until we could advance up the ladder.
Members of Koss' so-called best-educated generation should have researched the job market before choosing their majors in college.