In a tough economy, graduates of top colleges available as personal assistants

by Grace

Personal assistants with impressive credentials are more available due to the tough job market for college graduates.  This is according to Jill Glist, who opened Lambert Services in 2006.

“The current economy gives us access to amazingly qualified people who are interested and available to work,” she said.

What are their qualifications?

Lambent Services employees are an elite group of intelligent, motivated, and personable individuals and top university graduates who help make clients’ lives run more smoothly.

How nice.  What do these assistants do?  They can handle the minutiae of our lives, helping us deal with the most mundane of tasks.  What are some example?


According to their bios, many of the professional assistants have degrees from top universities.  Here is a sampling of  information about them, including college majors and highlighted skills.

  • Harvard cum laude, Folklore & Mythology – calendar management and travel planning
  • NYU, Political Science – event planning and calendar management
  • Tufts, Drama & English – writing/editorial and home maintenance
  • California College of the Arts, Fine Arts & Crafts – interior design and organization
  • UC San Diego, Visual Arts Media – writing/editing and Internet research

Their services don’t come cheap, with hourly rates ranging from $35 to $55.  I don’t think this is a bad deal for the assistants.  They’re probably gaining good (and interesting) experience, earning some money in a down economy with the potential to make personal connections that could lead to more meaty jobs.  But I keep thinking that many of them didn’t need a $250,000 college degree to get to this place.

UPDATE:  Welcome Instapundit readers!  I invite you to check out more of my posts using the categories on the sidebar, in particular the higher education bubble.

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10 Responses to “In a tough economy, graduates of top colleges available as personal assistants”

  1. ” But I keep thinking that many of them didn’t need a $250,000 college degree to get to this place.”

    Maybe, maybe not. That would depend on if they are starting out here, or ending up here.

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  2. If that’s the hourly rate you’re paying Lambent, odds are the employee is getting about 1/2 that.

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  3. ss396 — That’s true. Everyone has to start somewhere, and a position like this could lead to something big.

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  4. “Harvard cum laude, Folklore & Mythology – calendar management and travel planning”

    What does one have to do with the other? Besides bragging rights that the guy doing your calendar is from Harvard, I mean.

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  5. The fact that Harvard, or any other university, has an actual degree in Folklore and Mythology is, in and of itself, a scandal.

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  6. Harvard cum laude, Folklore & Mythology – calendar management and travel planning

    It seems a perfect fit to me. But what IS the going rate for someone with a degree in Folklore & Mythology elsewhere?

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  7. If I wanted to hire an assistant, I’d certainly pick someone with better sense than to spend $200,000 for a degree in folklore.

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  8. If someone screwed up their own life to the extent that they attended Harvard and couldn’t think of anything more useful to study than Folklore and Mythology, then why should I allow them to potentially screw up my life as well? I don’t need that kind of “assistance.”

    Lets not forget that someone like that is almost certainly a rabid leftist.

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  9. “But what IS the going rate for someone with a degree in Folklore & Mythology elsewhere?”

    How much does Starbuck’s pay?

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