If You Go to College and Get a Degree, You’ll Be Qualified to Work as a Cashier at McDonald’s


The educational policy of umpteenth administrations has been that rushing higher percentages of Americans teens through the college system will lead to the creation of advanced new jobs and lead us to a new economy.

But the actual outcome of an economy that has not changed so dramatically that every other job is now so advanced that it requires a college degree is College Creep.

College Creep is not that guy who spent eight years hanging around campus before moving to El Salvador to protest things. College Creep is when jobs that don’t require college degrees now require them because college degrees are the new high school degrees.

Requiring a High School degree for job applicants limited the pool to the people who actually made it through the educational process and were thus assumed to sit still, follow basic orders and be able to read and write.

All the various raised standards at public schools tied to funding has led to even more aggressive class promotion and more High School graduates who fail even this simple standard. At the same time the system is pushing increased numbers of students through another four years leaving them with lots of debt and weak job prospects in a bad economy.

So College Creep kicks in.

College Creep is when college becomes the bare minimum for jobs that don’t require college. That’s an economic disaster for most Americans, but it’s a bonanza for academia.

And you know that College Creep has arrived when this happens

A job opening at a Massachusetts McDonald’s restaurant for a full-time cashier requires one to two years experience and a bachelor’s degree.

“Get a weekly paycheck with a side order of food, folks and fun,” offered McDonalds.

It is not clear if the fast-food restaurant really wants that kind of experience or is fishing for the highest-qualified applicants.

Why shouldn’t it?

There’s a surplus of people with few job options and McDonald’s can use the same approach as other businesses to screen out the unemployables.

The real victims here are a generation that has been rushed through college, burdened with huge amounts of debt and pushed into the same old marketplace in which there are a few more tech jobs, but no overall marketplace transformation that can soak up all those surplus college degrees.

UPDATE: The McD’s is claiming the job posting was inaccurate and that it does not require a BA.

  • Softly Bob

    The same is happening here in Britain. I've seen graduates do the most menial low paid jobs and in some cases they have stayed in these same jobs for years. I blame it on greedy universities accepting funding from the government just to fill positive discrimination (affirmative action) quotas, the lack of real jobs due to years of socialist policies, and a politically correct society that has lowered the standards because they believe that everyone should be entitled to have a degree.
    It is a shame but these days a degree really isn't worth the paper that it is printed on!

  • EarlyBird

    Though Greenfield's requisite sky-is-falling tone is absurd, the article is right on point. Given the cost of a four year education, however valuable studying comparative 18th Century literature may be to an engineering student, it's probably not worth it in the long run.

    Economics, technology and jobs are changing very fast, and the old "go to college to find yourself and get a good job" model isn't working. Luckily, allowing a "cafeteria" approach to college is starting to be considered at institutions like MIT and Harvard.

    Perhaps even more excellent, is that serious tech training is starting to make a come-back. As an example, Texas oil companies and Tennessee auto manufacturers can't readily find skilled labor to fill their needs. So they have been working with local high schools and community colleges to design curricula which will directly prepare students for excellent jobs in their industries. We need to do far, far more of that, and stop assuming everyone wants or needs a college education.

    • Spikey1

      Economics; what is not taught to people who are taking out massive loans to fund their bachelor’s degree to be a cashier at McDonald's for $8.00.

      • EarlyBird

        Hah! That's for sure. The ones who end up with four year degrees in art appreciation are shocked to find themselves strapped with debt and no decent job prospects are their own worst enemies.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Economics; what is not taught to people who are taking out massive loans to fund their bachelor’s degree to be a cashier at McDonald's for $8.00."

        But they're told that they are taught. So they're much worse off intellectually and financially than when they started.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Though Greenfield's requisite sky-is-falling tone is absurd…"

      The economy is great and politically we are united in our approach to problem-solving. Utopia here we come! Just get rid of those ugly right wing nay-saying conservatives first because they keep ruining things with their rules and banks and stuff.

  • tagalog

    If you have a Ph.D., do you get to be a McDonald's manager?

    • Softly Bob

      No just a supervisor.

    • Spikey1

      That's just mean: A Ph.D is required to flip burgers.

  • F.K. Juliano

    How about applying discrimination laws to this? It should be illegal to discriminate against those who lack a college degree unless the job in question requires specialized skills that can be acquired only through higher education–for instance, a surgeon.

    • EarlyBird

      That just sounds like more government meddling, FK.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      A Supreme Court ruling like that exists with High School diplomas.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "How about applying discrimination laws to this? It should be illegal to discriminate against those who lack a college degree unless the job in question requires specialized skills that can be acquired only through higher education–for instance, a surgeon."

      Hopefully you're mocking the modern understanding of "discrimination" as being "any discernment that displeases me and goes against political correctness."

      Discrimination is required in life constantly. Most discrimination is legitimate and morally correct.

  • BS77

    watch for the Feds to take over Fast Food…..McFed….would you like a liberal bureaucracy burger…and fries with that? A small hamburger will be $18 plus 11% sales tax, and a free message from Mayor Bloomberg about soda, hamburger, fries and ice cream that comes free with your half ounce Feddy Burger. The big seller is the Nothing Burger…..you pay $20 and get nothing…good for your diet and calorie watching…and the Feds get your money. Priceless.

    • Spikey1

      That would be: McFed™
      As in: Would you like an Obama phone with that government cheese order?

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "That would be: McFed™ As in: Would you like an Obama phone with that government cheese order?"

        No, they have 2 queues after screening for ability to pay and your racial identity victim status. One line has phones handed to you with the free food and the other line leads to beds where they draw blood and remove funds directly from your pockets.

  • Spikey1

    Cashier at McDonald's with High School diploma = $8.00 hr
    Cashier at McDonalds with Bachelor’s degree = $8.00 hr
    Keeping current on student loan payments while making $8.00 hr = Priceless

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Unless one enters hi-tech – engineering sciences – or accounting/law/medicine, the rest are worthless. Simply put, not worth the paper they are written on.
    They offer a combination of boot camp courses, as opposed to solid disciplines, plus an economy which is being deconstructed, faster than at any time in U.S. history.
    As such, this is very much the product of a leftist driven democracy – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/21/the-paradox-p

    Much of current academia prepares you for less than nothing, yet adds insurmountable debt.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

    • EarlyBird

      Gee, Adina, running late to this one.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Gee, Adina, running late to this one."

        Gee, good thing you're around to harass everyone.

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Just talk with some of the recent College Graduates and think on what they know and
    what they are able to perceive of this World and then consider what chance they have
    with the World view they proffer. I know some students that are driven to find a way to
    have a good life and be able to support themselves and thier future but I know dumbells
    that think they are owed a living for going to school and racking up thousands in debt.
    My advice to anyone seeking education was to know what kind of job and income it
    will command later on and also will it be something that satisfies and lasts. Not all
    of our present students are brain dead loosers but the system will shake and bake them
    with attitudes that only want to turn out numbers………………………William