Whoa, Not So Fast College Grad; That Piece of Paper Doesn’t Necessarily Guarantee A Job Anymore.

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From the time we start school parents have a vision of their children being successful not only academically, but assume these achievements will lead to a successful future filled with plenty of job opportunities to choose from.  Being “picky” in a jobless environment is not an option for many, especially college graduates who not only have to think about moving out of their parent’s basement, but more importantly, student loans.  The National unemployment rate stands at 7.5 percent, but it’s much higher for recent college grads.  Unfortunately, the jobs just don’t exist; the number of college graduates are significantly more than there are jobs.  Why give all this effort for all those years and never see it payoff?  The motivation of college grads to achieve success is dwindling.

Individuals who don’t acquire a college degree have been competing for jobs with overqualified college graduates who struggle to find work within their field.  As many as 53 percent of people under the age of 25 with bachelor’s degrees are unemployed or underemployed – and they’re taking jobs traditionally occupied by high school graduates, according to a recent article, Despite Degree, College Grads Struggle To Find Employment, by Elle Moxy.

Millions of Americans who’ve excelled and achieved the American dream of gaining a bachelor’s degree work in jobs that don’t require one; waiting tables, customer service positions, and retail.  Research shows 17 million people with college degrees don’t actually need one with the job they’re currently working, according to The Center for College Affordability and Productivity.

So, if you can’t land a job and you’ve accomplished what you set out to achieve, then what next?  Many college grads are considering continuing their education and attending grad school.  There are some who now believe a bachelor’s degree to be equivalent to a high school diploma.  Accenture, a consulting firm, reported that 42 percent of current students will likely attend graduate school.

Graduation day should be seen as a tremendous achievement and not a countdown to a disappointing future filled with so many unknowns and stresses of not being able to find employment.  Joblessness is a reality that has consumed this country for some time now and unfortunately, our college grads may not have a way of escaping this reality.  There might not be an option to be “picky” when it comes to seeking employment; everyone has to start somewhere, so accepting a job that you can gain knowledge and experience from now might be the best option.

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6 Responses to “Whoa, Not So Fast College Grad; That Piece of Paper Doesn’t Necessarily Guarantee A Job Anymore.”

  1. Reblogged this on manifestingtalent and commented:
    Great Topic

  2. Ist das so? Kannst du mir das etwas deutlicher machen?Mir erschließt sich nämlich keinesfalls der Zusammenhang meines Studentenjobs, den ich ausgeführt habe um während des Wahlkampfes ein Dach über dem Kopf und etwas Essbares im Kühlschrank zu haben und meiner politischen Einstellung, sowie meiner angebrachten Kritik an der Art der springerschen Bereihterstattung.Odcr ist das ein Versuch, hier etwas zu skandalisieren?

  3. mike (262)-Guns work the same indoors as out. As far as your cousin/wife situation, it sounds like a Sussex problem to me. I heard that sorta thing goes on there. 🙂

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