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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

Emotionally fragile college grads say they're not prepared for work

People who fell apart under pressure were "nervous in the service," my father used, a World War II veteran, used to say.

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There are a lot of nervous folks out there, according to a survey by the Marie Christie Institute. Just over half of young professionals said they needed help for emotional or mental health problems in the past year: Women were much more fragile than men.

Black (60 percent) and Asian-American (63 percent) respondents were the most likely to say they have good or excellent mental health, compared to Whites (52 percent) and Hispanics (49 percent).

A majority of recent college graduates say they're not emotionally prepared for a 9 to 5 job, and a majority of young professionals say they feel "burned out" at least once a week, reports Will Potter for the Daily Mail.

Nearly 40 percent said their college or university didn't prepare them for "the emotional or behavioral impact of the transition to the workplace," writes Johanna Alonso in Inside Higher Ed. However, "slightly more than half reported that their mental health had improved since they were in college."

College students are working less, yet earning higher grades, writes Richard Vedder, an economics professor at Ohio University, on Minding the Campus.

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