In today’s liberal America, there are more college graduates than ever before, holding an historically wide variety of exciting and intellectually enriching degrees. Yet, the reception of these students by corporations has been astonishingly negative. A shocking number of college graduates are simply unable to find jobs relating to their degrees, despite being qualified in a multiplicity of challenging and widely applicable academic subjects. Many college grads are tragically forced to take jobs that are frankly beneath them, such as waiting restaurants and serving coffee at starbucks. Is this really how we should be treating our smartest and most qualified young Americans?
We cannot continue to promote a society that favors a small set of dry archaic qualifications such as engineering, mathematics and medicine over the vast majority of more socially focused degrees. Corporations need to be brought into the 21st century, and should be forced to hire graduates from a variety of equally challenging disciplines such as women’s studies, media and modern culture, environmental studies, black history and critical race theory. Even in this day and age, corporations remain solely focused on profit, and ignorant of the wider social aspects of our economy. We need employees who understand how to promote diversity, make business processes environmentally sustainable, and implement strict guidelines of appropriate behavior in the workplace. We also need more employees with a solid moral grounding, who can help companies prioritize ethics and fairness over profit.
Smart, young college graduates, bursting with energy and enthusiasm, are the future leaders of this great nation. If we fail to give our outstanding college graduates rich and fulfilling careers, then we are certain to face a crisis of leadership in the future. Let’s transform our society into one that puts our best people in positions of power and significance, so that our country can be guided to greatness and a new era of prosperity, equality and justice.