Education News reports that much of the struggle graduates are having landing their first job depends heavily on their major area of study. Those with highly skilled degrees – in the technology field, for example – are more in demand than those with, say, liberal arts degrees, says that report.
Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation says this is an ongoing problem that persists because of what employers need and the skills that college graduates possess.
"You get college graduates leaving [school with degrees] in the hard sciences and they're faring okay," she explains, "but it's the women's studies student or the anthropology major who is having a little more difficult time than the hard sciences major."
National Public Radio suggests that any improvement in the economy apparently has not affected employment prospects for this year's college graduates. That being the case, Burke believes students need to consider vocational or trade schools as a viable option as opposed to earning a college degree that produces few job opportunities while having to spend years paying off huge college debts.
But for students to seriously consider that option will require a change in mindset for many, says Burke. "I think so much of it has to do with us sort of losing that stigma for people who decide not to go to college [and accept] that it might not be the best choice for everyone," she tells OneNewsNow.
In the Education News report, John Challenger, who works for an outplacement firm, explains that graduates who do not require much additional training and can prove themselves from the start are much more sought-after than those graduates who cannot hit the ground running.