5 Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Job After College


Have a Plan

There's a disturbing trend in America and it's causing soon to be high school graduates to question whether college truly is the key to finding success in a difficult job market. A recent report by the Associated Press found that one out of every two college graduates is either unemployed or underemployed, often working in a field that isn't related to their degree. This, along with the student loan debt topping $1 trillion, is causing graduates to find themselves with low-paying jobs that make them no better off than if they hadn't gone to college at all.

According to economists, college is still the best way to land the higher-paying jobs, but no longer is the act of attending college the key to success. Making the wrong decisions before entering college can hurt your chances of putting your degree to work later on.



It used to be OK to head to college now and figure out a degree later. According to MyMajor.com, 80% of students entering college hadn't picked a major and 50% will change their major while in college. With rising college tuition and students spending more time in college, they are amassing more debt which translates into higher payments upon graduation. Harvard economist Richard Freeman advises students who are undecided about their future plans to find a job after high school until they decide what they want to study instead of heading to college without a clear plan.


  1. No results found.
Related Articles
  1. Small Business

    Go To College Or Become An Entrepreneur?

    The rising cost of higher education and high unemployment rate following the Great Recession has caused many young people to question the value of college.
  2. Personal Finance

    Why College Graduates Are Settling for Minimum Wage Jobs

    Going to college means you’re going to land a high-paying job and make lot of money, right? That is not the case in today’s world. A fair amount of college graduates are settling for minimum ...
  3. Insights

    The 10 Best Community Colleges in the United States

    The top community colleges in the U.S. are strong on technical education and job placement. The best community colleges provide financial aid grants.
  4. Personal Finance

    When Is College The Wrong Investment?

    Attending a very expensive college with the wrong degree could turn into a bad investment due to low salaries and high debt.
  5. Financial Advisor

    Paying for College: Utilize These Top Hacks

    Saving money for college is difficult for many families, but it doesn't have to be. Here are some overlooked hacks to save money on college costs.
  6. Personal Finance

    Free Community College: How Would It Work?

    Semi-timely article on how a free community would work on the proposal provided by Obama not to charge on free community colleges
  7. Personal Finance

    Industries That Benefit From Broke College Students

    These types of businesses have found success by capitalizing on the college demographic.
  8. Personal Finance

    Student Debt Passes $1 Trillion: Is College Worth the Investment?

    As tuition rises faster than any other U.S. commodity in the past few decades, students explore alternative education options supported by new technology.
  9. Personal Finance

    3 Alternative Ways To Save for College

    The cost of college is skyrocketing at a time of record student loan debt. But there are ways to earn a college degree without traditional borrowing.
  10. Personal Finance

    Tips For Going To College As A Mature Student

    Learn the special considerations mature adults need to make when pursuing a post-secondary education.
Trading Center