You now need a college degree to work as a secretary. I see no way this will backfire, none at all.There is an enormous amount of jobs that you can get through cert programs, technical schools and apprenticeships. Plumber, oil work, electrician, sanitation worker, etc.
Despite this, college is seen as the only way forward. It's so ingrained in the culture that states have passed laws requiring people to apply for colleges to graduate highschool. New Mexico is trying to do that now.
The push towards "everyone needs a college degree" is ridiculously unsustainable, and just devalues an actual education, because the schools need to start appealing towards their primary demographics who don't want to be there, or aren't smart enough to be there.