IT Grad Sues College for Not Helping Her Get a Job

By Donald Sears  |  Posted 2009-08-03

Trina Thompson wants her money back after failing to find employment in technology.

She recently graduated with a technology degree from Monroe College in the New York City borough of the Bronx. Thompson feels her school hasn't done much to help her start her career. She is suing the college for $70,000, according to a news report in the New York Post and reported on the BBC Website.

From the BBC article:

The ex-student, who received her degree in April, says the college's Office of Career Advancement did not provide her with the leads and career advice it had promised.

"They have not tried hard enough to help me," she wrote about the college in her lawsuit.

Her mother, Carol, said her daughter was "very angry at her situation" having "put all her faith" in her college.

With her student loans coming due, the family would be saddled with more debt, the graduate's mother added.

Monroe College is on the record as saying this lawsuit is without merit.

Those college loans do come up quickly, and that is obviously a painful economic burden. My advice to Thompson: Defer your loans until you get a job.

Hard to say where this case is going to go, but I would be surprised if this suit garners any empathy from courts. Graduating from a college and using its career services does not guarantee anyone employment.

If you were a hiring manager and looking for entry-level IT workers, would you want to hire someone who had just sued her college? Thompson may not realize it, but she is a risk worker. People with track records of lawsuits are not what companies want to hire.

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