Thursday, October 9, 2014

More than half of employed 2014 grads in non-degree jobs

As the strains of Pomp and Circumstance fade, circumstance takes over.

In a new Career Builder survey described by Susan Ricker, only 65% are employed at all, 45% of four-yr grads and 57% of those with associate degrees  in jobs that require no degree.

Among those working, only half are working in an area related to their major. Fewer than half expect to make more than $30,000 in their first year on the job.

Yet, of those working, almost half say they are pursuing an advanced degree, and 17% more say they plan to in the coming year.

One expert said this means they took the non-degree job to finance the new degree.

Those with STEM degrees are more likely to be working.  Same for those who held internships in the past.

Yet, money is an object--at least down the line. Fifty-one percent say making a lot of money is more important than making a difference.

Welcome to real life.

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