College students have mixed feelings about life post-graduation

College is supposed to be the key to success, right? It’s supposed to make students attractive to employers by providing with the necessary tools for their future career. It used to be that if students graduated from college, they were guaranteed a job post-graduation. No questions asked. The job market is tough and students are struggling. Now, things are different.

It’s highly debated whether particular majors or programs of study leave students better off after graduation. Three students from a range of majors have conflicting views on life following graduation. Some see a bright future and others are skeptical about the job market and the education they are receiving.

 Deanna Metropoulos, 20, is a criminology and sociology major at the University of Denver. She is incredibly nervous about the future.

 “The job market right now sucks. You have to have connections and graduate from a good school with a good GPA to be successful. I dont really feel like my education is preparing me, its mostly just helping understand concepts. In the real world, people aren’t going to be asking me questions like they do in school. The only good job I’ll be able to get is with the CIA or FBI  and how likely is that? I’m nervous for the future.”

 A study done recently by Price Waterhouse and Coopers claims that 85% of post-graduation professionalsuccess is attributed to people skills and only 15%  to the actual technical skills colleges insist are necessary for the job market. Some colleges realize this trend and are lending help to students with skills like networking while in college and the perfect interview technique.

 Other students feel differently.

 Megan Long, 20, is a sophomore majoring in construction management in the Daniels School of Business at the University of Denver.

“I feel really confident about the job market. There will always be a demand for houses. The education I’m getting here at DU is totally preparing me to be successful. I’m in a desirable program; being a buisness student prepares me. No matter what you go into in life, you need some business experience to live. I feel prepared because employers are going to want me after I graduate. I might not even go into construction but DU will give me the business mindset and knowledge for any job.”

Janine Bissic, 27, graduated from Whittier College in 2008, the summer the economy took a downturn. However, she managed to have several job offers during her senior year in college. She accepted her first position just months after her graduation from Whittier as an admissions counselor at Chapman University. Bissic is now the Assistant Dean of Admissions at Redlands University in Southern California. She has maintains mobility in her career by moving up in positions.

She thinks the current education system prepared her well for the job market.

“The education I received required me to be constantly thinking about and developing transferable skill sets that were not specific to one type of job only.”

The economy has been in a downward spin for several years now and it’s directly affecting those who are graduating from college. Students are have a difficult time getting jobs post graduation now and are forced to rely on paid internships or returning to their entry level jobs post-graduation.

“I graduated right as the economy took a dive. Many of the people that I knew who graduated that same year had trouble finding jobs. I think many people opted for paid internships because that’s what was available at the time. I do think I was smart to start looking right away after graduation. I strongly believe that the internships I acquired in college, refined resume and cover letters, polished interview skills, personal tenacity, extreme motivation, and the alumni network helped me to land a career job despite the circumstances,”  Bissic said.

Another current problem is the reliance students have are the loans they are taking out while in college. Those loans result in huge debt following college. It is something students often fail to consider or worry about while in college. With the current job market being so shaky, it is hard  for students to feel confident that taking out loans is worth it. The risk is often too intimidating for a lot of students.

College loans are through the roof. Students are forced to take out huge loans in order to pay for college. However, a lot college students take out such high loans they are forced to transfer to cheaper universites near their homes. Students save thousands.

Bissic said, “Is college worth the debt? Within reason- absolutely! Smartest investment I made in myself. Do I love having a monthly loan payment? No. Was the personal growth and life-long fellowship worth the investment? Every single penny.”

One Response to College students have mixed feelings about life post-graduation

  • Dian Sun
    Dian Sun says:

    It is nice that you write about the job market right now for students. Your article is great that you make me think about my plan after graduation.

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