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Students deserve..

...more career preparation!


Take a quick look at the stats and information to the right....

Students today face the worse job market than any previous generation.  Worse, because of budget cuts, college Career Centers are short staffed and not able to provide the level of support they would like to.

You can be a change agent! 

With your help, we’ll increase the discussion with parents, students, administrators and the media to encourage colleges to find more resources and so Career Centers can better prepare graduates for the career, financial and emotional challenges this brutal economy is presenting them.

There are two ways to help the class of 2011 and beyond 





Things to think about!

  1. Nearly 40 percent of borrowers experience some form of payment delinquency during their first five years out of college.
  2. 30% of grads' parents are involved in their first professional job search.
  3. Student loan debt tops $27,000 for ave. grad
  4. College completion rate in the state of Ohio is 26 percent
  5. This year, for the first time, a third of the nation’s 25- to 29-year-olds have earned at least a bachelor’s degree. That share has been slowly edging up for decades, from fewer than one-fifth of young adults in the early 1970s to 33 percent this year.
  6. Among college graduates one year out of school, women earn 23 percent less than men of similar backgrounds, according to “Graduating to a Pay Gap,” a study by American Association of University Women.
  7. Surprise!  When broken down by age cohort, 3.5 million of these jobs created have gone to US workers aged between 55 and 69. Another 729K have gone to recent college grads aged 20-24
  8. A college degree is no longer a guaranteed cushion from financial hardship. Only 56 percent of the class of 2010 had a job — any job — one year after graduation compared with 90 percent in 2007, according to the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University
  9. By the end of June, 58 percent of China’s class of 2012 had not yet found a job, according to a survey by the education research company MyCOS.
  10. Total average tuition and room and board rates charged for full-time undergraduate students in degree-granting institutions in the 1980-81 school year stood at $7,341 in today's dollars. By 2009-10, that had ballooned to $17,633, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
  11. China offers graduates tax incentives to start own business, and encourages work in rural areas
  12. By 2020 new McKinsey report suggest there will be a shortage of 38 million to 40 million workers with college or postgraduate degrees
  13. The average youth today will have 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38 years old
  14. Two out of three law school grads are under employed - 15% are unemployed
  15. 2.2 million high school student go to college each year - US Bureau of Labor
  16. 68.3% of high school grads were enrolled in college according to US Bureau of Labor
  17. Donald Trump claims "real unemploymend" at least 20 percent
  18. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree, only 22 percent succeed within six years, compared with 65 percent at nonprofit private schools and 55 percent at public institutions
  19. 98% of job seekers don't know what their personal brand is!
  20. Comprehensive study on college completion rates! In Ohio 30 percent of 40,000 students surveyed graduated in 4 years, 52 percent in 6 years.
  21. About 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or underemployed, the highest share in at least 11 years
  22. It could be worse, unemploment in Spain 24% and Greece 18% 
  23. Real unemployment 13 million + employed part time due to economics 7 million + marginally attached to workforce of 2.4 million = real unemployment of 22.4 million
  24. Great stats on unemployment and percent of college degrees by ethnicity
  25. Ten percent of student loans are in default. 43 percent owe 10k or less, 29 percent owe 10k to 25k, 16 owe 25k to 50k, 6 percent owe 50-75k and 5 percent owe 75k and up.  
  26. According to the Labor Department BLS forecast fewer than a quarter of all new jobs created 2010-2020 will require a college degree
  27. To show how difficult it will be to bring that rate down, let's take a look at job growth (or losses), for the last three decades (numbers in thousands)
  28. About 38 percent of college students who were freshmen in 2004 earned a bachelor's degree in four years from the institution where they began college, according to the National Center for Education Statistics 
  29. In 1970 - 40% of high school grads went on to college.  Today that number is 68.1%
  30. 80% of University of Alabama students take 6 years to graduate, adding tens of thousands to student loans!
  31. More Americans between the ages of 25 and 34 are living with their parents. The U.S. Census puts the number at 5.9 million, up 26%
  32. The average debt load for students who took out loans hit a record $27,200 for the class that graduated this year
  33. One in six unemployed have a bachelor degree
  34. Average smartphone users spends 9.3 hours on games per month!  Why not deliver career curriculum to their smartphone!
  35. Four people for every job!
  36. 50% of GRADS in 2007 had jobs by graduation, and today, well, maybe a bit over 20%
  37. 55% of employers hire based on first impression!  That's seconds, not minutes!
  38. Two-thirds of bachelor’s degree recipients graduated with debt in 2008, compared with less than half in 1993
  39. 86% of grads surveyed by AfterCollege were finding the job search process difficult
  40. NACE survey suggests 71% of students who used Career Centers got jobs 
  41. Colleges spend as much as 10 times more to recruit students than to help prepare them for jobs
  42. 80 percent of students move home after college
  43. Nearly 80% of 2,774,008 2009 grads were officially unemployed on graduation day
  44. According to federal statistics, only 57% of full-time college students graduate within SIX years
  45. 68.8% of Japanese college graduates secure jobs by graduation day
  46. 1/3 of college grads hold jobs that do NOT require a college degree
  47. Unemployment among people <25 with a bachelor's degree 9.6%
  48. 70% of U.S recruiters have rejected a candidate based on their online reputation
  49. 51% of student loan recipients say it will take them more than 10 years to pay off their student loans
  50. For each grad that defaults on their student loan payments, two more fall behind - Latest study
  51. Graduates leave school with 41% more credit card debt than four years ago, with one in five owing at least $7,000 by graduation day
  52. 17 million grads have jobs that only require a High School diploma
  53. Graduating in a recession can result in a reduction of earnings that will last a lifetime
  54. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learner will have 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38
  55. Only 37 percent of grads who started repaying their loans in 2005 were able to repay them on time
  56. Length of unemployment now 37 1/2 week for both non degree and college degreed unemployed - Federal Reserve
  57. Between 1/3 and 1/2 of all students in internships work for FREE.  In some cases they have to pay either the college or another institution for the priveledge!
  58. Students receiving a degree or certificate from a Community College see an 86 percent increase in their wages, from $25,600 to $45,571
  59. Two million college graduates under the age of 25  - 700,000 have a job that doesn’t require a degree 
  60.  The unemployment rate for 16- to 24-year-old workers averaged 18.4%, compared with 9.6% for U.S. workers overall.
  61. Young college graduates still lag far behind older college-educated workers: 9.3% of them are unemployed, more than double the 4.7% unemployment rate for college graduates age 25 and older.
  62. Since 1978, tuition at US colleges has increased more than 900 percent, 650 points above inflation. Housing prices, by comparison, rose only 50 points in the same time period.
  63. Counseling degree will net you $29,000 a year but an engineering degree will give you a $120,000 salary. New study by Georgtown.

There are a lot of issues facing college graduates today that graduates from previous generations did not face. Very few graduates have the skills, experience and knowledge to overcome these issues.

 That's where you can help!

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