Graduates Feel Higher Education Failed Them, And Want More

Career College Central summary:

  • Only 35 percent of college graduates consider all or most of what they learned in college relevant to the workplace,  according to a study by the University of Phoenix.
  • About 22 percent of respondents felt that college does not effectively prepare students for employment, and 13 percent felt that nothing they learned in college was applicable.
  • Many survey respondents regret not taking full advantage of their education. For example, 21 percent feel they didn’t fully apply themselves, 15 percent regret their choice of major, and 11 percent wish they had more aggressively pursued relevant part time jobs and internships.
  • People with graduate degrees had significantly more positive feelings about the relevance of their education. Of this group, nearly half, 47 percent, feel their education was relevant.
  • The most common regret in the survey – found among 48 percent of respondents – is not pursuing further education.

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