More College Students Choosing Grad School

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.

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  • by Winston Location: Rat Cheer on May 6, 2012 at 07:00 AM
    Perhaps Mr. Ellis and others would have more success with a degree in engineering, computer science or the life sciences. The U.S. seems to have plenty of opportunities for foreign students who excel in math and science. How about checking the job market first and then committing yourself to competing for these jobs. Most recent graduates I interview are asking me what I can do for them. Wrong question. Look for those areas most people fear to tread and you'll find opportunity. A degree does not equal succcess, as Mr. Mitchell is saying here. It's how you apply yourself that counts.
  • by Brenda Location: Meridian on May 1, 2012 at 04:19 PM
    Seems like the student was claiming there are no jobs and then the professor claims there were jobs... Looks like the professor is out of touch with the reality of the job market. You would think the scholars at the university would have a better understanding of the needs of the students.
  • by bob Location: Meridian on Apr 30, 2012 at 08:25 PM
    I have no idea what Dr. Mitchell was attempting to say. I thought he was the Dean at the college?
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