Graduation to What?

Everyday before school I would put my shoes on, walk out to turn my car on, say good morning to Casey, and drive off to school. Casey is my twenty-five year old next door neighbor. As of now he’s living with his parents in their garage apartment. He went to Bainbridge High School like me and then enrolled in the University of Washington where because of his lack of direction and decided upon major it took him six years to graduate. And once Casey graduated he was unable to even find a job in his major, pushing him back in with his parents.

Now more than ever it is important to know your major and it’s economic upside, this will increase the odds that you can get a good job and be independent. Being fortunate enough to get a good job in your major is becoming increasingly uncommon now a days. According to the Washington Post only 27% of American college graduates got jobs in or closely related to their major, while 73% of students were unable to find work in the area they spent years studying. These numbers could be improved if students did their research ahead of time to ensure that their major is likely to grow and have open jobs in the next four or five years. The Washington Post also reported that roughly 38% of college graduates are working in a job that doesn’t even require a college degree. Spending this amazing amount of money only to land a near minimum wage job is an economic blow few can weather.

Living in a society where individualism and consumerism are valued it can be embarrassing for both parties for you to move back in with your parents. In America you are expected to flourish in your early twenties. Each generation is expected to go on and have more success than their parents, to eventually take care of the family as they age. Moving back in and relying on your parents can be seen as an embarrassing step back. I’m not saying this mentality is correct, but it is simply how it is in America today.

College takes up on average around four to six years of your life. This is four years that you could’ve spent getting an income rather than fall tens even hundreds of thousands of dollars into debt. College has become so expensive that we can’t afford to go to college without ensuring the best odds that we will have a job waiting for us in four years after we graduate. It has also gotten too expensive for us to take extra credits and flop between majors. This unnecessary indecisiveness is costing you thousands.

Knowing your major before you start college could make your life easier overall. Taking some time before you enroll and researching the economic opportunity of your potential major is such a simpler and easier route than taking all that time and all that money only to find out no one needs your services and what you have taken all this time to learn is now more or less irrelevant. This would help your financial stability and opportunity after college since you would graduate faster so you would acquire less debt, and you would graduate in a major that has a high chance of having job opportunities. Going to college isn’t considered a necessity, but knowing your major before you enroll should be.