The Challenges of Bridging the Education-to-Employment Gap


After years of intensive schooling and perfect GPAs, you can’t find a profession in your field despite having over qualifications. So why can’t you find your dream job?

Overqualified and Underemployed

One respondent focuses on the training required for obtaining a new position. They say companies refuse to hire entry-level applicants if they can hand over tasks to someone associated with the business for several years.

1. The Merger Rule

Even booming businesses don’t want to pay their most devoted employees. Why would they dish out X money to a new hire when their employee of the month gets a certificate and not a bonus? Companies constantly think about the best way to save money—despite how great of a work ethic you may have.

2. Saves Money

“The social contract was broken when companies started doing away with pensions and not giving people raises, even to meet (much less exceed) the rising labor costs.

3. No More Pensions

“The boomer generation wasted money. Now, they need to keep working and won’t leave their jobs, so there is nowhere for the younger generation to move up. Retiring in the early ’60s was common. Now it’s like working forever and staying in management till you die.

4. Blaming Boomers

An exciting take blames the World Wide Web for the absence of entry-level job offers. According to this internet-loather, simple access to the internet makes others think “access to knowledge was mistaken for expertise.”

5. Blame the Internet

Imagine posting one position and receiving over 200 applications. Instead of sifting through each application, some employers ignore the applications and promote them from within.

6. Resume Reading Pains Employers

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