R97, why such venom and snark, are you unemployed? Under-employed? Did I hit a nerve, are mummy & daddy still supporting you?
Yes, most of today's young people have college degrees, BAs and beyond. A younger cousin went to Oxford, he's a scientist. He's brilliant. He managed to find a job in his field.
Is mentioning that most young people have degrees not factual? WTF are you talking about? Even the dumbest young person somehow manages to get through college, when they should, perhaps, focus their energies elsewhere.
Not everyone should go to college. I'm all for young people attending trade schools, especially those who don't want careers in finance, law or tech. If these young people have no interest in college, what are they doing there? They are wasting time and money. Many should learn a trade where there are actual well paying jobs. The world will always need electricians, plumbers, builders etc.
Everyone has some sort of talent. That talent needs to be nurtured. A parent shouldn't force their child, especially one who has no interest in becoming a doctor, or lawyer, to waste time studying to become one.
We will always need plumbers, electricians, contractors, basically crafts people who can build and fix things. One of my friends is a very rich plumber, he probably makes much more money than someone with a BA.
Recently, I was talking to my local show repair guy, he's been in business over 40 years, he's been working in his late uncle's shop since he was a teen. He wants to retire. He's an expert crafts person. He can fix any type of shoe. What will happen when there's no one who wants to do these sorts of jobs? He worries about having no one to pass his business to, so do his customers. His business was left to him by his late uncle, his sons and nephews have no interest in shoe repair.
My point was, most young people have college degrees, they also have massive debt, yet most cannot even find decent jobs because they've majored in subjects they can't easily find jobs in or they don't have influential parents with connections. These are the absolute facts.