newarenanow wrote:I know not all stories will be like that, but IMO, sometimes if you want to find a job and make money, it may be in a field you do not love (there are not many jobs for history, music, etc degrees) and you may have to take your lumps early and live with debt for a few years. And yes, you do have to go above and beyond getting a college degree if you truly want to be successful.
Just my thoughts.
I think that's what many (maybe not most, but the vocal ones referenced here) College grads don't get, and it's not limited to Millennials. I'm an X-er and lots of us thought we were going to get hired right out of college, too. It's not all the students' fault, though. Part of it is the sales job colleges do when recruiting. It's to their benefit to put a gloss on how many of their students get hired, go to good grad schools, etc.
Part of it is also parents not telling them (or not realizing) what it's going to be like when they get out of college. Rest assured that my kids will know that I worked retail for a year out of college, then moved away and got a temp job with benefits 100% on me, before being hired permanently and getting my employer to pay for my MBA, which I did at night. They will always have a home here (concerns me about my oldest) but they better be woikin', even at jobs they think are beneath them just because they have a sheepskin.
I think a lot of kids entering college view college itself as "taking your lumps." It's not- it's preparing you to take your lumps in your chosen field.