McDonald’s offers, “A weekly paycheck with a side order of food, folks and fun,” but only if you have a four-year degree.
Youth advocates are worried about the employment situation for young people in the US. And it appears their concerns may be well founded. Take for instance, a job opening for a full-time cashier at a McDonald’s restaurant in Winchedon, Massachusetts, that appears to require at least a Bachelors Degree and one to two years experience. According to the Washington Examiner, “it is not clear if the fast-food restaurant really wants that kind of experience or is fishing for the highest-qualified applicants.” But either way, this doesn’t seem to bode well for High School students, or even people with an associates degree.
According to Buzz60, until recently only people in a managerial or corporate decision required a degree. But it appears the job market has become so competitive companies can now demand a degree for minimum-wage jobs. Evan Feinberg, the president of the Washington-based youth advocacy group Generation Opportunity said, “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.” If this job posting is any indication, Mr. Feinberg may be right.
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