(Pretty dope quote from Mos Def, right?)
As the one year anniversary of my college graduation rapidly approaches, I’m starting to notice a number of news stories that are acknowledging a large amount of recent grads that are currently underemployed or unemployed in our nation’s teeter-totter job market. (This could be a tactic to realistically intimidate the Class of 2012, but remember what I said in my letter guys, don’t worry!)
A Huffington Post article published yesterday explains how college graduates aren’t necessarily reaping the benefits of attaining a bachelor’s degree. Moreover, “according to government projections released last month, only three of the 30 occupations with the largest projected number of job openings by 2020 will require a bachelor’s degree or higher to fill the position – teachers, college professors and accountants.”
Hmph. Well that’s rather encouraging, isn’t it?
This may come as a great deal of worry to the millions of young people graduating from our nation’s colleges and universities in the next few weeks that haven’t accepted full time positions or decided to continue higher education, but I am personally very optimistic about what is to come. And it is true, many college grads like myself have taken jobs as waiters and waitresses, coffee shop baristas, retail clerks and receptionists in order to make ends meet, leaving us to feel if going to college for four years was really even worth it (it was, don’t even try it.) And not to mention the astronomic amount of money we owe in college loans (which by the way – the total U.S. student loan debt is surpassing $1 trillion, #soyouknowitsreal).