Q: Dr. Mildred: I took training for certified energy auditor through a federally funded jobs training program. There were jobs, but we couldnt get them, because the program was a fraud. The college didnt use a certified instructor and didnt purchase the necessary equipment (blower door, duct blaster and software) to train us. Further, they plagiarized and photocopied another schools written texts.
I sued them in Federal Court on a whistleblower complaint, but the judge ruled that the college had immunity from prosecution. The program continues, providing ZERO JOBS. This is desperately wrong.
A: Dear Ripped Off, They certainly made it easy for you to go nowhere fast, didnt they?
If youre still interested in that kind of work, sign up at another training facility after you research it. Even if you hadnt had this terrible experience, youd have been wise to check with the career services area to find out how many people graduate from the program, how many find jobs and what kinds of jobs they are.
Unfortunately, its no longer safe to sign up for any kind of program anywhere and assume its what it says it is. The world is filled with mediocrity and scams.
Q: Hello - My son graduated from a mediocre college in 2007 with a degree in finance but mediocre grades. He did a summer internship in NYC at a private investment firm, but they hire MBAs.
He doesnt want to give up his lucrative seasonal job at a local golf course for, say, a teller job at a bank. Job offerings read recent graduate. We have no contacts for him. Ive told him to go to some of the firms and introduce himself. He claims it isn't done that way. Temping has led to secretarial jobs.
He reads The Wall Street Journal every day and is a whiz with computers. Should he try something new? My husband, who owns an accounting business, thinks our son should get an accounting degree. No interest.
A: Dear Distraught, Your son is choosing his direction. So far hes refused to compromise at the suggestion of his parents. Until hes ready to compromise, he wont. You cant make him do it, particularly if hes living at home, protected.
He also has a blind spot. The type of people he needs to meet play golf. Many have money and contacts with money. Tell him to work HIS contacts.