Some say college just isn't worth what it used to be. A new survey shows that 41 percent of college graduates from the last two years are stuck in jobs that don't require a degree. College grads blame the job market, but career counselors believe it's something else.
"It's a little bit of a deceiving statistic because another statistic is that almost 50 percent of the students that graduate from college don't really start looking for a professional job, a career job, prior to graduation," said David Durham, Director of WVU Career Services.
Many recent grads are forced to take part-time jobs to pay the bills while they look for a professional job. We always hear how difficult it is for college graduates to find jobs, but employers also have a tough time filling their vacancies because they can't find qualified applicants.
"The new buzz word is KSA: knowledge, skills, and abilities. It's not just knowledge. There's a tremendous lack of communication skills in today's college graduates. A lot of it is because of texting and the cell phone," said Durham.
Only getting good grades may not earn you a job in today's market. Employers are looking for someone with leadership qualities, excellent communication skills and real-world experience. But employers won't know what students have to offer unless they have a well-written resume.
"The first interaction a student has with that employer is submitting a resume online or completing an online application. So, what you write about yourself has to represent you," said Durham.