Consider the 45-person law firm of Busch, Slipakoff & Schuh here in Atlanta, a place that has seen tremendous growth in the college-educated population. Like other employers across the country, the firm hires only people with a bachelor’s degree, even for jobs that do not require college-level skills.
This prerequisite applies to everyone, including the receptionist, paralegals, administrative assistants and file clerks. Even the office “runner” — the in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and the office — went to a four-year school.
“College graduates are just more career-oriented,” said Adam Slipakoff, the firm’s managing partner. “Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They’re not just looking for a paycheck.”
from the New York Times article “It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk”
This is angering and also unsurprising. I hope Slipakoff’s underlings spit in his coffee every morning until the day he retires for that bullshit comment. Because apparently, being committed to one’s future and wanting a paycheck are mutually exclusive now.
And this is from an employer that offers (limited) upward mobility for entry-level associates, which is not often the case.
(Also, the Times is way late reporting on this phenomenon now, but that’s par for the course.)