More and more students say they're choosing to go to graduate school after receiving their 4-year degree.
"There's just not any jobs," MSU Meridian business student Monte Ellis says. "Nothing is open. There is plenty of education to get, but there is nothing to do with your education."
Ellis will be graduating from MSU Meridian on May 11th with a degree in business, but says the bad job market combined with the fact that he had second thoughts about pursuing a career in business prompted him to pursue graduate school in another field. He says a lot of his friends in business school are having to go back to school because employers simply are not satisfied with a 4-year degree.
"A lot of them are going to graduate and go right into graduate school," Ellis says. "The reason for that is because they don't have a lot of job openings. I've heard a bunch of people comment and say, we're going to school to get a business degree, but what are we going to do with it when we graduate?"
Dennis Mitchell with the Arts and Sciences department at MSU Meridian has a very different story from business student Monte Ellis. Mitchell says most students in his department are already employed and therefore are able to advance in their current job or find something new through interning.
"We don't take 18-year olds and spit them out when they're 22," Mitchell says. "Most of our students have been around, been employed. So placement is not a problem."
According to a recent USA Today report, about half of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 last year were jobless or unemployed. That is the highest share in at least 11 years.