Millions of college grads settling for jobs

News Center 23

POSTED: Tuesday, July 9, 2013 - 5:37pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 8:31am

"I went to University of Texas at Brownsville, and I also went to UTSA - University of San Antonio. I hold two bachelor's degrees. One's in history, one's in political science."

But despite these accomplishments, Jose is unemployed.

"Right now, uh, I don't have a job. Right now I guess I'm just a practitioner in the philosophy of leisure."

While Jose had held several jobs since graduation, those positions weren't related to his degrees. But Jose is not alone. He's just one of millions of college grads in the U.S. who think they're not getting what they thought they were paying for.

"I'm pretty sure there's a number of people that haven't found a job in their...that is related to what they studied at university."

"It is a big problem because for too long we haven't addressed the fact that our educational system needs to be aligned with, uh, the workforce. I mean the whole idea of going to school is so that you can get a good job, right?"

Educators and economists say degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, are producing the most lucrative jobs for recent college grads, especially in the Rio Grande Valley.

"Having a bachelor's degree from a school like UTB won't always put you ahead of someone with a two-year degree, especially if you're a Valley resident. Many two-year degrees are in a technological field, where the hiring demand is much greater."

"They're kind of STEM-related, most of those two-year degrees. And they're refined, so to speak, to a specific skill set that you can sell. If you go and try to sell a government degree to somebody, what do you know?"

But if your interests lie elsewhere, job experts advise you to step out of your comfort zone.

"If you've picked a career field that you really like and you've got a degree in it, then you go where the jobs are."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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