New Graduates Have Unrealistic Expectations For Pay, Survey Finds

Students graduating from college this year overestimate their chances of getting well-paying, full-time jobs in their field of study, according to the results of a new survey that compared their views with those of recent graduates.

Even though most recent graduates said they would need more training to get their desired job, and nearly half of those who are unemployed said they wished they had chosen a different major to make them more employable, students graduating this year still think they will land jobs in their desired fields without the need for additional training, according to the survey.

The survey results, released on Tuesday in a report by Accenture, drew on responses from more than 1,000 students who will graduate this year, as well as 1,000 graduates from 2012 and 2011, to compare the expectations of those soon entering the job market with recent graduates.

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