When enthusiastic freshman enter college each fall they are filled with excitement as they embark on the first year of “independent,” entry-level adults, the world is their oyster. While most college freshmen look forward to the fun that goes along with their first real taste of freedom, they also expect to graduate as highly sought after job applicants.
For the thousands of recent college graduates who are gradually realizing that they really aren’t anything special, and that there are not enough jobs to go around for everyone, their idealist notions will quickly dissipate. Given the fact that college graduates are now a dime a dozen, many soon realize that their degrees are nothing more than fancy sheets of parchment with their names stamped within the texts of dead languages.
In reality, many college graduates will find themselves not only working alongside people with nothing more than high school diplomas or GEDs, they might even find themselves answering to them. This is not to say that a college degree makes anyone more intelligent or a superior employee to people who decide to forgo college, but it can be humiliating and downright depressing to discover your years of hard work were futile.
As this trend seems to become increasingly commonplace, more students are deciding to enroll in fields in which they can find a job after college. In fact, many underemployed college graduates who are having difficulty finding careers are choosing to enroll in professional programs in technical fields. This is because statistics show that finding jobs after college means training for careers in growing fields such nursing.
Over the past few years, nursing has been one of the fastest growing fields. According to National Bureau of Labor Statistics findings, registered nurses average nearly $65,000 per year, and the field is expected to grow by over 25% over the next twelve months. While more nursing graduates are finding nursing jobs after college than their peers entering other fields, Nursinglink urges students to find nursing jobs early and to double-check their certifications.
While it is a good idea to go to college, students who hope to find jobs after college should spend some time finding a career in fields that will still be growing over the next decade. For instance, in the early to mid-2000s teaching was considered a growing field with many teachers set for retirement. When the mass retirement never occurred, thousands of newly certified teachers found themselves without employment after college.
In order to avoid working their summer jobs years round, students should tone down their idealism and think realistically. A career in drama therapy may sound like your dream job, but the market for drama therapists is pretty thin.
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