Today, I spotted a link from the i newspaper to an article from the Independent in regards to how graduates from the first round of tuition fee hikes are doing. And one respondent typified an attitude that saddens and annoys me: that graduates don’t like menial work. I’ve previously made my feelings on this matter known in a post earlier this year in regards to the Job Centre’s approach to work experience.
It’s an appalling attitude to have. This guy’s argument of essentially saying why should his taxes pay for the education of under-graduates is not helpful and becomes nullified by his other argument that graduates should do menial work. Menial work doesn’t pay enough for people with student loans to pay back. Simple as.
The fact of the matter is that the UK cannot afford to have its graduates doing menial work for any long length of time, because of government backed student loans. With so many graduates not getting into graduate level jobs near enough straight after graduation, we’ve – as a nation – got a toxic time bomb of student debt at our feet that once it goes off could cause lasting damage to us as tax payers and our economy and is probably doing a bit of damage already.
Think about it – not having graduates in graduate level jobs for a prolonged period of time means that there is a higher chance that the skills they have learned will become rusty or outdated thus making it even more difficult for them to obtain a job where they can pay it back.
Why should graduates not do menial work? It wastes time they could be spending looking for graduate jobs and getting the experience necessary to get into a graduate job in order to help alleviate this huge pile of debt.