New Poll Finds More Freshmen See College as Path to Good Jobs

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A new poll by the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that more college freshmen believe that adding a postsecondary degree to their resume is their ticket to finding a better job.

According to the “American Freshman” poll, 85.9% of new college students said that being able to find a good job was one of the most important reasons for advancing their postsecondary education. It’s the largest percentage of those who believe that adding a college degree to a resume will help land a better job than in the 40 year history of the poll.

I think it’s understandable. Like everybody in the country, these students are reacting to a time of recession, John H. Pryor, managing director of UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, which conducts the annual survey, told the Los Angeles Times.

The poll also found that today’s post-downturn freshmen reported being more studious during high school, fearing bad grades and rejection from college could lead to economic instability.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that professionals with a postsecondary degree on their resume have the potential to earn $1,000 more per week than those with some or no college education. 

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