Newspapers, Internet new reports…each indicate a dire need for employers to hire residents of Costa Rica. From English classes to Amazon, the news seems exceptional. Almost every weekend there are job fairs soliciting unemployed and underemployed people to fill vacant jobs.
But what jobs?
Underemployment is in epidemic proportions in the land of Pura Vida. Most of these job offerings are little more than flipping burgers or, at best, being a receptionist.
The Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje (INA) records that only 25% of the graduates work in their desired profession. This indicates that the INA is outdated and of little help to people wanting employment. It is a return to underemployment and frequently, poverty.
These are “go no place jobs” as servers, gardeners, or back on the streets