“High school graduation captures both the cognitive and the noncognitive attributes that are important for success in adulthood, and it is usually a minimum requirement for engaging in further training and higher education” (Levin, 2009, p. 8). Higher education is something that highly enhances the number of opportunities one receives in the professional world and a high school diploma is almost always a prerequisite in being able to climb up the ladder to career success.
This fact is augmented by the increasingly competitive market and the ongoing recession that has made getting job a lot harder. This is evidenced by the report compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), which states that in January of this year, “thirty states and the District of Columbia recorded over-the-month unemployment rate increases, 9 states registered rate decreases, and 11 states had no rate change.” A report released just this March 2010 shows how the unemployment rate has increased across all states, despite the Obama’s administration’s campaign to control the onslaught of an economic depression (Yousuf, 2010). As the unemployment rates increase, companies’ expectations of new hires have also risen due to the fact that the number of unemployed college graduates has surpassed the number of available entry-level jobs. In fact, the director of the business career center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Steve Shroeder explains that “companies need talent now more than anything - and theyre getting good, young talent for a fraction of what theyre paying someone older whos been with the company for ten years or more” (Fisher, 2008).
These facts and figures only point to one thing—if college students are having a difficult time being hired at entry-level positions, then the chances of a High School dropout getting a job nowadays is slim to