College Education Bringing About a Sense of Underemployment

As you begin reading, note that I’m not talking about unemployment, but “underemployment”. What’s underemployment, you ask? Underemployment would be a term used to describe individuals who are employed, but aren’t working at a job that reaches their level of qualification. In a recent survey, it was reported that close to 46% of those in their early twenties feel as though they’re not making full use of their skills.

It’s not uncommon nowadays for students to come out of college and end up settling for a job that’s less-than ideal. Everyone dreams of having that perfect “nine to five” job, doing exactly what they want from week to week with that occasional paid vacation thrown in there. Instead, they end up having to take up a job as a part-time waiter. Why? Because they lack experience. But not only do they lack the technical expertise that many employers expect, but students must also learn to get through other barriers as well, such as networking and basic communication skills.

We live in an entitled society; a mindset that’s only inflamed even more by the incessant belief that a college degree is the golden ticket to landing you a real job. This is a myth that colleges have failed to dispel. They’ve been unable to prepare students for the workforce in any way other than on a purely academic level, so it’s no wonder employers are so cautious about who they hire.

Now, instead of starting in the company you want to work for and work your way up, you must start at the very bottom and work your way up to that company. It’s frustrating, but as competitive as the workforce is nowadays, you must take whatever job you can get, even if it isn’t your ideal job. Just remember that you won’t be there forever, and if you’re determined enough, you will move up.