College does not guarantee employment

Although there is a push on for more education, college is not the answer for everyone.

booksOver the past year, for example, the unemployment rate for college grads under age 25 has averaged 9.2 percent, up from 8.8 percent a year earlier and 5.8 percent in the first year of the recession that began in December 2007. That means recent grads have about the same level of unemployment as the general population. It also suggests that many employed recent grads may be doing work that doesn’t require a college degree.

Even more disturbing, there is no guarantee that unemployed or underemployed college grads will move into much better jobs as conditions improve.  NYT

So reality does not lend itself to single-factor solutions. If employment is your most important reason for getting that degree, it might be time to evaluate your situation and weigh your options. Perhaps intensive training maximizes your chances of employment better than a college degree.

Based on my own experience, I believe that college gives you more employment options than no college, but I admit that my experience is a bit unique and might not be relevant for you.


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