After a five year long hiatus, I'll be graduating from college soon. I returned to school last year, switching my major from pre-law to journalism. Right now, I am two credits shy of completing my degree. I will be standing in my cap and gown next December and then I'll be among those who can mark "college degree" on their resumes.
But that doesn't mean what it used to.
When I graduated high school 10 years ago, we were told that graduating college guaranteed you a well-paying job in your chosen field. But a new study by Georgetown University shows that isn't true anymore.
According to CNBC, the study found that recent graduates with a degree in communications and journalism have a 7.3 percent unemployment rate. But it could be worse. The study also found that law and public policy makers have an 8.1 percent unemployment rate. Those who graduated with a humanities and liberal arts degree are facing a 9.4 percent unemployment rate. It's the worst for arts majors. Graduate with an art degree and you're dealing with an 11.1 percent unemployment rate.
Look at it that way and my odds don't seem so bad. After all, my degree path has one of the lowest unemployment rates found by the study, but 7.3 percent doesn't seem low to me.
Unlike many college grads, I'm not in a position to move back home with mom and dad. I can't afford to take free internships and I can't pay my housing bills on the average Starbucks Barista salary of $18,000 a year, (according to CNBC.) I need to find full-time employment, even if that employment is completely unrelated to my degree.
But it doesn't look good.
Knowing graduation was looming, I started sending out resumes four months ago. First, I started with my city. After being told, "We're not hiring" six different times, I broadened my search to statewide. Right now there are very few jobs in the journalism industry in the state of Louisiana. While I did get offered a few internships, there weren't any full-time positions available. Last month, I expanded my search to most of the nation. I'm now one of many people I know willing to uproot their entire lives for a decent salary.
Hopefully, by the time I graduate, the unemployment numbers will be even lower, but I can't say I'm exactly confident that will happen.
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