I am meeting with a young woman today. She called my office, and we had quite a conversation. She graduated from college two months ago, and told me the following:
#1 I hate the way the program was structured.
#2 I don't really even like the subject I majored in.
#3 I don't even know why I chose it.
#4 I can't find a job in my major. (nutrition)
#5 I owe $31,000 in student loan debt.
#6 My mother says I don't know what I want to do.
#7 I don't want to own a business. I need a steady paycheck.
#8 I don't know what I want to do.
#9 I know I do "like people".
#10 I think I want to take a class (that cost $871.00 vs. $31,000 she owes, Mom's job paid for 1/2 of her tuition, she is left with that $31,000 balance)
As I continue to create work I love. I am talking to more and more people like this young lady. They pretty much feel like the little girl in the picture. They "don't know". They feel let down, and they are searching for answers. She has expressed what a lot of college graduates may feel. College can be over-rated or it can be the best thing that happened to you. However, after 10 years, 80% of the people who have graduated from college are NOT working in their field of major. An overhaul in thinking needs to happen. More of us could really be the girl on the stool, sitting in the corner if we admit it. Let's work to change that. Keep moving ahead with work you love.
1. Is the work I love becoming clearer to me?
2. Am I headed in the right direction on my educational path?
3. What can I do differently, to create a different outcome?
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