Why Are College Graduates More Disengaged At Work Than Others?

According to a recent Gallup poll, College-Educated Americans are less engaged in their jobs than ones with a high school diploma or less, showing that 48.2% of the latter were not engaged, as compared to the 55% of college graduates that are disengaged. This survey was taken from more than 150,000 American adults last year, showing that overall, only about 30% of the workforce were  engaged at work. College graduates were asked of their occupation, many of which ranged from managers to transportation workers, showing that usually graduates with more prestigious occupations are more engaged in their jobs. Implications? Out of all the college graduates surveyed, half of them were in jobs that didn’t even require a degree.

So then, is college worth it? The fact of the matter is, there isn’t enough jobs out there for the degrees that college graduates are going for; therefore, graduates feel that they don’t get the opportunity to “do what they do best every day”. According to  Brandon Busteed, blogger and Executive Director of Gallup Education, while a college education does produce higher earnings, it doesn’t always lead to a “good job”. The problem here is the expectations of college graduates. If you go to a good college and get good grades, and do everything you’re told, many usually come out with the preconceived notion that everything is just going to fall in place and that you’ll be successful in life just because you did well in school.

This problem, Busteed believes, can be linked to the failure of our colleges to lead students to a place where they can find out what they’re best at. Students are instead told to keep pushing for that degree and that everything will be alright. We’re never told to stop and think, to figure out where our passions really lie, which is something I believe we should be doing more of.

And if you haven’t already, I’d strongly recommend reading the blog article yourself, which can be found in the link I posted in the paragraphs above.