After graduation, it’s time to face the big challenge of finding the right job, the job you’ve spent the past four years studying for. In a competitive job market, many students find themselves struggling to find a job in their field, in fact only about 27 percent succeed. 83 percent aren’t likely to have a job lined up for after graduation. Also, 7 percent more males were able to secure a job after graduation according to a 2015 survey.
Although it seems that employment numbers are slowly rising. Data from the Bureau of Labor showed 2,000 more people over the age of 25 were gainfully employed in 2016 versus 2015. Although, having a degree may give students an edge when it comes to job hunting. Undergraduates with a bachelor’s degree aged 20 to 24 may be more likely to find employment than those with some college experience or high school diplomas.
Students should take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way, including internships, work studies, or job shadowing. A 2015 survey found 25 percent of students managed to turn internships into real jobs. Graduates can also consider going digital with their resumes and portfolios. Keeping your Portfolium profile updated which highlights their skills is likely to increase your chances of finding a job, especially when combined with traditional paper resumes. Students should consider freelancing or relocating if finding a job in their area proves to be near impossible.
Even though finding employment can be a challenge, most college graduates are still positive and think their efforts will pay off eventually. According to a Pew Research Center survey, 89 percent of Boomers felt their degree was worth it, 84 percent of Gen Xers also agree their degree has paid off, meanwhile only 62 percent of Millennials feel their degree has paid off so far.