McDonald’s Cashier Job Requires Bachelor’s Degree … Seriously?!!

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Didn’t our parents used to tell us that we’d be asking people if they wanted fries with that if we didn’t study hard in school and go to college? Well the job market is apparently so bad with the millennial generation that it may require a degree to get a job at McDonald’s.

A Massachusetts McDonald’s recently posted a job listing for a full-time cashier that listed a bachelor’s degree and 1-2 years experience as requirements.  No mention of how much the job pays, but it’s doubtful that it’s enough to make a very serious dent in those student loans.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with working entry-level jobs in the fast food industry. But that’s what it is -- entry level. College is supposed to give you a leg up in life; open doors to jobs with better environments than a greasy kitchen and better pay than minimum wage. That’s why we invest in it.

What good is thousands of dollars in student debt if you’re going to land in a job that a 15-year-old could do?

Youth advocate Evan Feinberg of Generation Opportunity says, "Sadly we've taxed-and-spent our way to an economy in which there's intense competition for just about any job. Combine that with government meddling in the student loan market that has artificially inflated the cost of higher education and young people are getting screwed over even worse than the country overall."

Young people definitely seem to be getting the short end of the stick in this economy. A whooping 16.2 percent of 18-29 year olds are unemployed, if you factor in the people that have given up looking for work altogether.

America is better educated than it ever has been. Well, at least more people hold college degrees -- the “educated” bit is debatable. Nearly one in three Americans has a bachelor’s degree. Does that mean that two out of three Americans are unqualified to work at McDonald’s? Hmmm…

It’s hard to believe we’re in a recovery when the job market for those just starting out their careers with their crisp new degrees includes “McDonald’s cashier.”

Do you think this is a sign of the times?

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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

This article was super depressing until I read the part where I'm classified as a "young person" lol. Woo hoo! The economy may be in the toilet but at least I'm still young! 

bleed... bleedingheart8D

I don't what it is a sign of, but I do think it's crazy. One thing it might be a sign of is that for some, college is a waste of time and money. 

nonmember avatar erg

This actually pisses me off. I spent years working fast food, and a lot of the people who had college degrees were not cut out for the job. Especially when they would hire managers off the streets just bc they had a degree. When hiring my objective was to get someone who was smart and had common sense who didn't have a college degree. That way they would want to work there way up.

nonmember avatar Kristi

It is ridiculous, I think this is the problem with classifying those who need help as lazy and unwilling to work. My husband graduated summa cum laude with a BS in computer science and all the entry level jobs where we lived were requiring 5 years experience. We ended up having to move to AK for a job. During the time we were hoping to stay in WA we were on assistance because we just couldn't swing paying the financial aid bills and keep living. People act like the American dream is still alive and well and I have to say it's just not anymore.

Mommi... MommietoJB

Yep! sign of the times. I didnt even bother getting my bachelors.I would of owed thousands on a loan, I would not be able to pay and right now all my bachelor degree bearing friends are busting their butts off working as cashiers or waiters. Somethings got to give.

Linnea K Spillane

I am 12 classes shy of my BS in business, had to stop no more money. I cannot get a job with my AS as I do not have 2 years field experience in billing nor do I speak 2 languages. I have student loans I cant pay and work at a gas station making minimum wage. I have 3 kids to feed. I am so happy I went to college, NOT!!!!

Freela Freela

My mom and I have gone through this discussion repeatedly. My mom's feeling is still that if you have a degree of some kind, you can write your own ticket in any field. Apparently that's how it was when she was 18. However, 99% of people I know have some sort of degree and there are too few jobs to go around. Honestly, the only people who I know who are doing well right now are in some sort of trade. Realistically, we've probably become overeducated in the sense that most jobs do not require a bachelor (or higher) degree and they have become so common that they are no longer worth the money and effort put in. I'm going to definitely encourage my kids to make practical choices based on the job market at the time and the kind of job they think they will be reasonably happy in while being able to make a living. I'm definitely not going to push university simply for the sake of going to university. If I did, I suspect they'd end up back in college anyhow, just to try to pick up some practical expericne/skills to make them employable.

worms... wormspoop

bahahahaha, I used to joke about this all the time and people thought I was being a little dramatic.

Melis... Melissa1508

I am a radiologic technologist and, unless you plan on going into management or something, that 4 year degree means nada in my field.  I am in the slow process of getting my bachelor's but only because I plan to teach one day.  Having a degree isn't always the greatest thing.

nonmember avatar Techie

Having a degree no longer guarantees competence. Corporate America knows this. I for one have seen many instances of college graduates who do not have the skills, ingenuity, or know-how to make it in the real world job market.

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