Underemployed grads regret their choices

Most college graduates are underemployed and wish they’d made other choices, conclude two different surveys of young Americans. Not surprisingly, young people who majored in health and STEM fields are doing the best, while liberal arts majors are the most likely to be working in retail and restaurant jobs that don’t require a college degree.

Students who are the first in their families to go to college need help to untangle an increasingly complex financial aid system.

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  1. The US News College rankings need to be more honest. The fact is, if you don’t go to a good state school, a well-known regional school, or a top tier school, you’ll be financially better off going to CC than to a 4 year college that charges Ivy rates for a CC education.

  2. You’re actually better off doing your first two years at a community college/junior college and getting a associate’s degree (or associates of applied science) and then transferring to a university.

    The problem with college degrees is that the ‘insane’ value that H.R. departments seem to place on them, and in many cases, someone who has 3 to 4 years of actual work experience in field, usually trumps a newly minted college graduate, in my experience in the I.T. field.

    Many students are being sucked into a financial black hole by getting a college degree, and finding out (after the fact) that in some cases, they’ll have a problem making a career with it, and being able to earn a decent wage with that degree…

    Given the student loan debt issue, this has become the new ‘involuntary servitude’ issue for this generation of college graduates…

  3. Richard Aubrey says:

    Been said before, here and elsewhere, that employers, esp. HR departments, have Griggs vs. Duke Power in mind.
    It hardly matters what your degree is, the hope on the part of the employer is that if you have one, you can write a complete sentence, concentrate for at least a quarter of an hour on something, show up as scheduled, and have sufficient IQ to come in out of the rain.
    As Casey Stengel is said to have said, “Give me somebody fast and I’ll teach him baseball.”
    Since, according to Griggs, testing for employment by employers can get them into trouble, the four-year degree is considered a proxy and out of the hands of the employer.
    So everybody has to go to college.
    When I graduated, liberal arts majors went into the Peace Corps, Canada, or the Infantry. Sort of an artificial shortage of liberal arts majors on the employment scene, then, and the guys with liberal arts or social science degrees, presuming they had an honorable discharge and most of their originally-issued parts, went into sales, the entry position for big corporations.
    But since everybody has to go to college, and you can BS your way through to lib arts degree, here we are.

    • Perhaps it’s time for the USSC to revisit Griggs…just because something made sense to a completely different court doesn’t mean it actually makes sense today.

      Gideon v. Wainwright is an example of the court (in this case, correctly) changing it’s mind.

      The other issue which comes up is Plyler v. Texas, in which a 5-4 court ruled that all persons aged 18 or less have the ‘right’ to a public education. Sandra Day O’Conner stated that it’s not the court’s duty to fix every social issue that comes along in her opinion on Plyler.

      However, can employers actually be sure they’re getting qualified candidates, even if they limit their position hunting to ‘degree and/or equivalent experience required’?

      Somehow, I don’t think so 🙂