Re: Educational level without brains
Right, you have a strange idea of how students and these scams work.
"The mark is greedy for something: a fancy posting to add to their cv, more money, something that has not been earned.": No, they want those things, just like you would like to be paid. You earned your paycheck, didn't you? They think they're going to earn theirs.
"Why would someone just out of university expect to be hired into an executive position at UNICEF? And at a market wage or better, no less, when it's well known that NGOs pay significantly less than private-sector employers?"
They don't. Did you read the article? The job title on offer was "Executive Personal Assistant", as in assisting someone else who has an executive position. That's an entry level job, requiring little educational experience.
"Yes, someone will be willing to hire them, but it's going to be an entry-level position paying an entry-level wage with an entry-level title. Because that's the career stage they're at! Expecting more and believing anyone is going to offer more is greedy, or at best vanity and pride"
They are expecting an entry-level job with all the stuff that comes with that, and if they were not, it's not greedy. I had a nice job as a programmer when I had my degree. Does it make me greedy to have applied for and gotten a better-paid job?
"Greed needn't be for cash, it can as well be the desire to avoid putting in the time and paying one's dues, or for someone to cater to vanity, or for anything else unearned."
You just made up the whole "unearned" business. The students didn't expect to get something without doing work. It's a job offer, and those who accepted it expected to be asked to work for their wages.
"As for "blaming the victim", I am assigning exclusive and total blame to each party for its own actions. The victim is guilty of greed. That isn't a crime, but we shouldn't be excusing or rewarding it, either."
Who is rewarding anyone for this? And you are blaming the victim by assigning them a motive that clearly isn't supported by the situation.