College Graduates face the Real World

HAMMOND, La- It may be assumed that every student who manages to graduate from college knows exactly what they want to do for the rest of their lives, however, this assumption is far from the reality of many graduating seniors.

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According to Study Hacks, around 55% of graduates land a job that matches their major. Another 25% have jobs that partially match their major. The remaining 20% have jobs that don’t match at all.

The truth is that many college graduates are just as clueless about their plans as they were their freshman year in college.

Kenneth Randall, a senior who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in criminology, is still confused about his direction in life after completing four years of academic work as an undergraduate.

“I think I’m going to work for a little while to figure out if this is really what I want to do,” said Randall.”

Graduating senior Shonda Butler shares the same uncertainties.

“I guess after receiving my bachelor’s, I’m going to get my masters in social work,” said Shonda Butler from Iberia. “But then again, I’m really not sure yet.”

Other students seemed to know exactly what they want to do after graduation.

Graduating Senior Adrienne Chambers Photo by Adrienne Chambers

Adrienne Chamber, a senior from Baker, plans to graduate with a bachelors degree in General Studies and come back to Southeastern for a master’s degree in Counseling.

“I’m going to get a job teaching,” said Raymond Miller from Baton Rouge. “I want to be a school band director. I’ll probably go back and get my master’s later, but I want to start teaching as soon as I can.”

“I think I’m just going to start my profession as soon as possible to make sure Elementary Education is right for me,” said Lynette Batiste, a senior from Monroe.

Students experience a number of emotions after college from excitement and relief, to uncertainty and terror from the thought of entering the real world.

Jasmine Fletcher, a graduating senior from New Orleans asked herself, “What am I going to do now?”

“I’m just not used to working in the real world,” said Fletcher. “The real world is a little scary.”

Seniors, who are graduating this semester, have a lot to think about, from searching for a job to figuring out your living arrangements to plotting their finances. For information on how to become prepared after college, visit the Student Support Services at Southeastern:

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