The down turn in the economy has brought on many effects in the workforce and in homes across the nation. So it is not surprising that this has affected the way college students make decisions regarding their career and education paths. An article from CNN indicates that students are turning to more economically robust majors that are likely to get them a more lucrative and secure job offer after graduation. More in 2009 than 2010, students were giving up the pursuit of further education and turning to the job market after college. They were concerned with the ever rising bills and finances piling up while they write papers and take exams. This is still a major factor in the expanding job market but what the article says is that students need to realize that this is a cyclical string of events that they will experience many more times.

But let’s be realistic, it just isn’t feasible to go the long haul all at one time as it was in the past. Of course many people in their 20s and 30s are still living at home to accommodate the poor economy and their finances but staying in school for eight to ten years without a full time job is an illusion for most common folk. At 28 I just finished my MBA degree online while working a full time job and a part time job. This is becoming the norm more than ever. My fellow students were all in the same types of positions. They started school years ago and found the burden of bills and family life to be more than expected and had to give up on their educations temporarily.

So now in returning to school these older students, just like the students in school today, can better understand the opportunities available in the market. Students are pursuing careers in accounting, business administration, education, and engineering. According to the article, “education, physical sciences, foreign languages, English, history and political science had the lowest job offer rates, the NACE survey showed”. Even though communications has fallen during the recession, students are still actively following it. Students in school today need to realize what is available and what will be available over the next few decades when making decisions regarding their futures. Who wants to end up in a jobless profession?
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Jennifer Ulrich

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  1. One item was missing from the article- the education loans that you had to take- even w/ 2 jobs- education cost are off the chart. The dept.s of Education and Uneployment need to develope a combined task force to make education affordable to everyone. With > 40 years in the work force and a dual profession - one thing is for sure you never stop learning nor can you afford to stop.

  2. More and more students graduate from college to NO job. Is this because the economy is bad or because the Fed. Government pushes secondary education? It keeps high school graduates in school (we don't care about the curriculum you take) and the unemployment numbers remain lower. Affordable eduacation is a myth if their are no jobs upon graduation. We need to rebuild our economic engine to provide jobs for all the graduates. Whether they be from high school or college.