Survey: 90% of Students Looking for Career, Financial Security

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A new survey has found that an overwhelming majority of people who add postsecondary education to their resume are looking for financial security by earning their degree.


According to the report "Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession" from the Heldrich Center for the Workforce Development at Rutgers University, 90% of college graduates from the class of 2006 to 2011 said that a college education was the best way to prepare for the job market.

Overall, the survey found that approximately 75% of all college graduates reported having at least one full-time job since leaving school, although many of them are not working in their chosen field.

Many graduates, nearly two-thirds, reported that they would have done something differently in college if they had to do it over. Almost 4 in 10 said they would have been more careful when selecting their major. When asked which major they would have chosen instead, 40% of the sample said they would have chosen a professional major, like education, nursing, or social work, the survey stated.

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

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