There is so much talk on AM radio and TV news channels about the predicament of postgraduates that have graduated into a bad economy. Yes, student loan debt has surpassed credit card debt. Yes, postgraduates did graduate during a recession. And yes, the youth unemployment rate is exceedingly high. However, do these “factual statements” really mean that postgraduates are not employed within their field?
It ranges from state to state, yet these reports always seem to be generalized. I wanted to find out for myself, so I decided to poll my high school class’ Facebook group regarding their current employment status. The members of this group attended Bloomingdale Senior High School and graduated in 2005.
The poll question was, “For those of you with a four year degree or higher, are you currently employed within your degree field?” I simply asked them to reply yes or no, without any explanations because this was just a poll and not an analysis. My results were quite surprising.
The Facebook group consists of 344 members. Again, remember this poll disregards those who do not have a four year degree or higher. Out of the respondents with a four year degree or higher, the majority of them replied “yes” to working within their field. That breaks down to a 3:1 ratio. For every three that are employed within their degree field, there is one whom isn’t.
The majority of my fellow classmates that responded are still currently living in the Tampa Bay area. So is it really true that most postgraduates are either unemployed or underemployed? That may not be the case for Tampa Bay!
This goes to show that even though times are tough, where there’s a will, there’s a way. This poll shows that my fellow classmates are employed and NOT underemployed, but employed within their degree field. Postgraduates not employed within their field need to focus on asking themselves what they need to do to accomplish what they want instead of paying attention to all this negativity that gives them excuses to why they can’t.
The poll is still currently open. I encourage more responses and will update if the results do indeed change.