…and read these stats on post-grad millennials’ views on jobs and education.
We’ve all been there. You’re at some social gathering, maybe a wedding, a family get-together, or a night out with friends. You’re having a great time… UNTIL somebody says this: “Oh, you studied [insert any college major/master’s degree here]? You must have learned so much. So, what do plan on doing with that?”
Your brain freezes. GREAT. Being the paranoid parrot that you are, you assume that this person asked this question because he or she:
- a) is genuinely interested in your future (hah! yeah, right!).
- b) is trying to size you up like Regina George (“So, you agree? You think you’re really smart?”).
- c) is under the impression that your major is about as useful as mastering the art of Ross Gellar’s “unagi.”
- d) doesn’t think you’ll ever find a job, and is insinuating he/she believes you will be living in a cardboard box.
- e) is just trying to make conversation (hah! yeah, right again!).
You try to be nonchalant. You try not to give away the fact that you’re panicked beyond belief. You try to give a safe answer. “Oh, you know, I’m open to pretty much anything,” you say. Which is true. You are willing to take something, anything just to get your foot in the door.
Ugh. “Could this BE anymore awkward?” says the Chandler Bing voice inside your head.
Chip up, buttercup! You’re not the only person who has experienced this awkward conversation. And while the last thing you may want to hear about is how well other twenty-somethings are doing career-wise, or what they think about our current economic state, you could learn a thing or two from them. Their insights into the economy, what skills are necessary in the workplace, and regrets they have about their education may help you figure out how to make it in the real world. Remember: if those fools can do it, so can you!
Let’s get the most well-known stat about college out of the way: college graduates make more money than high school graduates or people who never completed college. Great. Duh. Thank you, Captain Obvious. This would be useful if I actually had a job.