Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Why are so many students failing to find good jobs after college? - Jeffrey J. Selingo, Washington Post

College freshmen now regularly say the No. 1 reason to attend college is to “get a better job,” according to a major annual survey of incoming students conducted by UCLA. Before 2006, students told researchers that the top reason to go to college was to “learn about things that interest me.” That college is seen as a training ground for a job is perceived by professors as anathema to their mission of broadly educating students. Most will tell you that their job is not to get their students a job after graduation. As a result, that responsibility is usually left to career centers, which typically are underfunded and often tucked away in a corner of campus that students don’t find until their senior year, if ever. And for the most part, career centers are failing students, according to new research out this week from Gallup and Purdue University.

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