October 2009

Master's Degree: New Qualification for Scooping Ice Cream?

It’s frustrating to be on the losing end of a job search—so frustrating, in fact, that people often expand said search to fields that they are much too overqualified for. People with decades of experience apply for entry level positions; people with master’s degrees apply to work at ice cream shops, only to be denied a position because they’re a “flight risk.”

Working at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt in Virginia Beach takes 10 hours of job training, says the shop’s co-owner, and “That’s a lot of time. We get them to know what they’re doing. We hope they’ll stay with us and not walk out the door.”