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Hey Kids, Flipping Burgers Now Requires A Bachelor's Degree

Want a cashiering job at McDonald's? If you don't have a degree from a four-year college institution, then you need not apply.

A Massachusetts McDonald's location put out a call for a new, full-time cashier. The job skills required to be considered for the position include one to two years of experience, great customer service skills...and at least a bachelor's degree. Yes, a bachelor's degree. According to a story in the U.K.'s Daily Mail:

It used to be high school drop outs flipping burgers at McDonald's, now the fast-food joint is demanding a bachelors degree.

In a frightening example of how competitive the job market is for young people right now, a McDonald's outpost in Winchedon, Massachusetts, has just posted a call-out for a full time cashier - but insists only college graduates need apply.

And even they must have 1-2 years of cashier experience before they'll be trusted with the Big-Mac-selling responsibility, according to the advert.

Last night I watched Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on The Daily Show smile, giggle, and say how we all need to "lean in" to our careers, and then I woke up and read this depressing story. I'll assume that Ms. Sandberg is talking about leaning in to the deep fryer, since even these careers require satisfactory completion of college credits these days. Be careful, kids. The deep fryer will get you every time!

In all seriousness, this is where the job market is now, and it's quite scary. The entire U.S. economy is turning into a Happy Meal without the toy, where the key to a successful career is to be born on third base and then act like you've hit a triple. We don't need more career advice from prominent C-level leaders; we need them to create good, well-paying jobs here in the United States of America again. After all, we can't lean in to a career that does not exist, can we? So less talk, more action. And please hold the honey mustard sauce.

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