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A degree is no longer suitable job security for undergraduate students

Four years, 208 weeks, 1,460 days and 35,040 hours you have spent as a college student. Is that enough time to ensure you are ready and qualified to get a job in your desired field? Students work for years to make their future achievable, and over the years it has gotten harder.

Whether you find yourself majoring in music education, history or communications you are forced to go the additional mile to secure a job before your graduation.

Students who now obtain a bachelor’s degree are not given job security like their parents who graduated before them.

When students apply for a job they are now asked for internships. Many college kids start looking for these opportunities as early as the first week of their freshman year.

According to The Fiscal Times, “Young people aged 18 to 34 have struggled with double- digit unemployment and account for half of the 10.9 million unemployed Americans.”

These students are told while growing up that they need to gain a college education if they want to make a living in the future, yet in reality you are pinned against tough competition and many are unlikely to find jobs within five years of their graduating.

Young adults attend college to get prepared for the workforce, yet The Fiscal Times states that “Nearly three- quarters of hiring managers complain that millennials- even those with college degrees- are not prepared for the job market and lack an adequate ‘work ethic,’ according to a survey from Bentley University.”

When attending college, the high tuition is only paying for a large class load yet students lack the experience it takes to achieve their overall goals in their life. Students are able to recite math equations and pieces of literature even though the Washington Post said “college graduates [are] severely lacking in some basic skills, particularly problem solving, decision making and the ability to prioritize tasks… 32,000 students at 169 colleges and universities. [The study] found that 40 percent of college seniors fail to graduate with the complex reasoning skills needed in today’s workplace.”

Adults spend four years in an academic setting to fall short on the level of maturity and experience needed to thrive in everyday work environments. What is expected of students for them to obtain their dream jobs? These students enroll in specific universities entrusting them to supply the skills needed for a long-lasting career. Is the college or the student to blame for the lack of readiness the work force is asking for?

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