They are calling it the 'Post Grad Blues'.
A new report shows that almost half of the 2020 college grads are still looking for work, even with a record number of job openings available across the U.S.
Experts say it is due to a number of factors. A crowding of the market place, and a shift in the entire work model post-pandemic. Dr. James Hurley, president of Tarleton State University in Texas says, "A large portion of those jobs are in the service industry, and so if you've obtained a degree, sometimes you don't want to start off in a service job because you went to school for a better way forward."
But unfortunately, some of those 'better' jobs are just not available right now, and as a result, a lot of 20-somethings are still living at home with Mom and Dad!
"I don't know who's more eager?" Dr. Hurley told KTRH, "The student to get the job, or the parents to get him out of the house. It's a two-way street, and all of his need to be patient."
Those numbers are better here in Texas, as universities across the state are much more connected with their local communities and work force. Dr. Hurley also said it's imperative that college's don't just give out worthless degrees, but are a bridge for students future employment.
In the meantime, Dr. Hurley suggests that students be willing to take a job that is a step towards their career goal, even if it's not the perfect job. Or, how about a good ol' fashioned internship? "This provides an incredible opportunity" Dr. Hurley said, "To take that internship, and step out of your comfort zone. Sometimes you may have to take a job that is not in your direct field, to eventually get to your direct field."