The Case for Hiring Quotas For College Graduates

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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.

1 COMMENT

    • Well you’re mistaken. The purpose of this website is to promote mainstream progressive ideas, and part of that is educating right wingers such as yourself. Have a read through some of the articles and feel free to post any reservations or questions you may have.

    • engineering and mathematics have been taught for too long, who needs a degree in electronic engineering in a progressist society if globalisation allow you to import all what you need from China/Japan? Again MDB is the voice of reason

      • Thanks jfb. There is some need for engineering and maths – I just think that it’s not fair to give more credence to these degrees than others. Who’s to say that somebody with a degree in civil engineering is more intelligent than somebody with a degree in critical race theory? It’s all a matter of perspective. Also, math and science degrees should be supplemented with social studies, as these subjects alone don’t offer a rounded education.

        • “some” need? STEM is so anti-minority and anti-woman that it should probably be abolished. It is the current year. We cannot continue to repeat the mistakes of the past and be on the wrong side of history. STEM was invented by dead white males. It is inherently racist and oppressive. Why is it continuing to be taught?

          Some things are so simple and obvious that they defy belief that people don’t get them. One is that STEM is institutionalized racism. If it weren’t why would there be so few minorities and women in it?

          One thing CRT teaches us is that ANY time there is a lack of minorities, there is illegitimacy, oppression, and racism- NO MATTER WHAT.

  1. College and university are all well and good but the idea that some punk just out of school deserves to be put in charge of anything is downright stupid. Graduates still need to learn how the world really works before they can be trusted with any real responsibility. And, besides, and on top of that, IF entrepreneurs are stifled the way socialism and communism and liberalism stifles them, THEN there won’t be productive high paying jobs for those graduates. Why do stupid liberals never think of that? Oh, because they are stupid, I forgot.

    • I’m not saying they should be put in charge immediately – I’m saying that we should provide rewarding career paths for these graduates that lead to positions of power. It’s the least we can do for our most qualified young Americans. We need to take care of our best people.

      • If you want college to be worth something then you need to stop screwing the entrepreneurs who create productive jobs for college graduates. Only stupid idiots believe in socialism and communism any more. Ambitious tyrants and megalomaniacs only pretend to believe it because it they crave total unlimited power. The stupid and the ignorant and the mentally is believe what they are told because they are easily manipulated and being stupid they fall for the idea that there is a free lunch to be had if they only vote for it. The socialistic welfare state is like a big cargo cult where the rubes believe that building model planes out of bamboo will cause real planes with real stuff to show up.

        • We need to force companies to create roles for these graduates – that’s the point of the article. If we leave it to the market, companies will continue to reject and ignore many college graduates.

          • The more you try to force people to hire the stupid college losers, the more jobs will cease to exist. How are you going to force anyone to hire significant numbers of people long term if they don’t make any money on the deal? Don’t you know how jobs work? Don’t you know how economics works? Do you believe there is any such thing as “economics?” I think you’re evading the real problem, which is that a college education in and of itself does not make a worker more productive or more valuable unless there is a profitable activity waiting for his contribution.

      • MDB, am I sensing a whiff of debunked libertarian nonsense about “merit”? Our best young people are women and minorities. They are the ones who have the diversity to carry us into the 21st century, a century where diversity and tolerance reign, and where people who are too different and do not conform to proper thought will be ostracized and destroyed. This is the current year. “Merit” is a racist dog whistle which is a coded way of saying white supremacy. EVERY time someone talks about “merit” they are using it as a Trojan horse to enforce continued white privilege.

        • You’re right Trav. I’m bending over backwards for these libertarian extremists. White men have had their time – it’s now time for minorities and women to run things. Think of all the creativity, all the intelligence that is being held back by white privilege. Let’s unleash that energy and let diversity carry us into a new age of prosperity.

          • NYT over 10 years ago:
            “A Morsel of Goat Meat
            By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOFMARCH 23, 2005
            BINGA, ZIMBABWE – The hungry children and the families dying of AIDS here are gut-wrenching, but somehow what I find even more depressing is this: Many, many ordinary black Zimbabweans wish that they could get back the white racist government that oppressed them in the 1970’s.

            “If we had the chance to go back to white rule, we’d do it,” said Solomon Dube, a peasant whose child was crying with hunger when I arrived in his village. “Life was easier then, and at least you could get food and a job.”

            Mr. Dube acknowledged that the white regime of Ian Smith was awful. But now he worries that his 3-year-old son will die of starvation, and he would rather put up with any indignity than witness that.

            An elderly peasant in another village, Makupila Muzamba, said that hunger today is worse than ever before in his seven decades or so, and said: “I want the white man’s government to come back. Even if whites were oppressing us, we could get jobs and things were cheap compared to today.”

            His wife, Mugombo Mudenda, remembered that as a younger woman she used to eat meat, drink tea, use sugar and buy soap. But now she cannot even afford corn gruel. “I miss the days of white rule,” she said.

            Nearly every peasant I’ve spoken to in Zimbabwe echoed those thoughts, ”

            The point is not that Ian Smith’s Rhodesia was good or fair, the point is that it was a good starting point for helpful reforms, and just turning the country over to communists and gangsters and dirtbags made things worse, not better. Yes, I’m saying some things are much worse that “racism.”

  2. Corporations are the PROBLEM, not the SOLUTION!!! We will only have freedom when the PEOPLE control the means of production, not White Privilege!!!!

    • Liberals are always complaining about corporations, but they always vote for more corporatism. Either liberals are liars or you are very very stupid.

      • For your information, I graduated from Walden University, which had PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON as Chancellor. I am VERY well educated and am an expert in Global Issues and Social Justice. You’re the fool who wants to turn back the clock on civil rights.

        We demand an immediate end to White Privilege, institutional racism, and the corporate system of police brutality! CORPORATIONS ARE NOT PEOPLE!!!11!!!

          • Hillary Clinton will fight the corporations! She supports unions, a $15 minimum wage, tax increases on the rich, and a public option. Hillary is confident, brilliant, honest, and, yes, a WOMAN. Get used to it!

            • The corporations don’t seem to have a problem with her. The giant mega multinational corporations all support her, pretty much without exception. Name an exception, if there is one?

              • What a joke!! Donald DRUMPF (his real name) is obviously THE corporate candidate. All of the CORPORATE MEDIA support him. I guess your KKK cross-burning rally stopped you from watching the Commander-in-Chief Forum yesterday with Trump-fellating Matt Lauer. Where were the questions on Trump’s well-documented support for the Iraq War!?!?! Where were the questions on Trump’s lies?!? Where were the questions on Trump’s Islamophobia?!? As for multinationals supporting Trump, how about ALL OF BIG OIL, Carl Icahn’s Icahn Enterprises, Peter Thiel’s Paypal, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp and FauxNews, Stuart Epperson’s Salem Media, Robert Mercer’s Renaissance Technologies, Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands Corp, the Koch brothers’ Koch Industries, Time Warner/CNN — I could go on and on. The corporate media has given Trump billions of dollars of free publicity while real candidates like Bernie Sanders were practically ignored!

                • Peter Thiel sold PayPal a long time ago and is no longer associated with it. The Koch Brothers hate Trump and announced their support for Hillary. Now it could be that the Koch’s have switched to Gary Johnson, but they will never support Trump because they want open borders and free trade.
                  Carl Icahn supports Trump as an individual, but my question was about multinational corporations, not individuals. Goldman Sachs openly supports Hillary. Who cares who the small fry support.

                • I forgot to mention that the reason Bernie Sanders got the shaft is because the big giant mega multinationals media brainwasher corporations support Hillary. They support Hillary because Hillary is the biggest most reliable crook in the race.

  3. This article has to be a joke of some sort. Hiring quotas for degree types? Companies have needs in certain areas and that’s what they hire for. If they don’t need someone with a liberal arts degree then they should not be forced to hire someone with a liberal arts degree. If these people purposely chose to get degrees in fields for which there is no demand, then they certainly are not our best and brightest. In fact, they’re the dimmer bulbs in the bunch.

      • No. I’d say your perspective is the ignorant one. (a) Anyone who can do the course work can get an engineering degree—not just privileged white males. The degrees cost about the same so cost is not a factor in this example. If you paid for the liberal arts degree, you could have instead paid and gotten the engineering degree. Also, there are many more opportunities for scholarships for women and minorities in STEM, which make the degrees cheaper for them to get than for men. (b) Companies that need engineers should be hiring engineers to do the work—I don’t want someone with a women’s studies degree designing bridges and buildings, nor should you. (c) Society does provide—we have social welfare programs. (d) People who make poor choices should not be trying to force others to make up for their poor choices. If you’re getting a degree, get one that’s useful in the marketplace instead of playing around for four years and getting a piece of paper that’s only good for decorating your wall and nothing else.

          • Oh, my bad! You’re just a troll. Had I recognized that on your first comment I wouldn’t have fed the troll!

          • I hope you didn’t pay much for your degree.. your reading comprehension isn’t very good.

            And, isn’t it the liberal arts degrees that are for the privileged? The rest of us have to get degrees that we can earn a living from, while the Gender Studies crew all seem to be able to live off of their mom and dads until that sweet, sweet ad revenue really kicks in.

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  5. Clearly corporations and our insufficiently progressive gov’t (on all levels) need to to expand their HR divisions in order to not only employ these highly qualified graduates, but to also ensure only they get hired.

    P.S. MDB, I love your site! Keep up the good work!