Posted by: Jacqui Murray | August 19, 2011

If You’re a USNA Grad, You Can Find a Job When You Graduate

student_with_fork_in_the_road_sm_whtUnlike other college grads who have to search and plead for a job, if you graduate from USNA, you also get a commission into the Navy. Alright–everyone doesn’t get one. Some they graduate and don’t commission, about .0001 percent and you probably did something Horribly Wrong for them to give up $250,000 of education costs without trying to recoup it through your labor. And, to be truthful, some are commissioned into other services, but you’re still headed for a job about 45 days after graduation (you get a short leave to prepare for your new duty station).
Most likely, you’ll become a SWO (Surface Warfare Officer), a pilot, a submariner, or a Marine (there are a few others, but again, they’re for grads with unique problems). The point is, you’ll never have the problems described here:

NEW YORK (CNN) — A recent college graduate is suing her alma mater for $72,000 — the full cost of her tuition and then some — because she cannot find a job. Trina Thompson, 27, of the Bronx, graduated from New York’s Monroe College in April with a bachelor of business administration degree in information technology.

On July 24, she filed suit against the college in Bronx Supreme Court, alleging that Monroe’s “Office of Career diplomaCLRAdvancement did not help me with a full-time job placement. I am also suing them because of the stress I have been going through.”

In her complaint, Thompson says she seeks $70,000 in reimbursement for her tuition and $2,000 to compensate for the stress of her three-month job search. As Thompson sees it, any reasonable employer would pounce on an applicant with her academic credentials, which include a 2.7 grade-point average and a solid attendance record. But Monroe’s career-services department has put forth insufficient effort to help her secure employment, she claims. (more)

Jacqui Murray is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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