Judging by the skyrocketing popularity of this site and Twitter account, I’d say this percentage is accurate. According to a recent Gallup poll of 150,000 , 55% of recent college graduates are “not engaged” at their current jobs, compared to 50.2% of people who completed “some college,” and 48.2% of kids who entered the job force right after high school and did not attend college.
So, what gives, huh? Why do 20-somethings hate everything and why is our generation so damn unhappy with our jobs? Did everyone have their sights set on being an astronaut? Brandon Busteed, head of Gallup Education, made this statement in the press release from Gallup: “This is not a statement about liberal arts, it’s not a statement about community college, it’s literally about higher education in general — there’s something about the process and the experience that is preventing graduates from getting to a place where they’re doing what they’re best at.”
Theories range from a broken higher education system to a fragile job market.
“Individuals can very quickly become caught up in working in a field or position that does not make them happy in order to earn a livable wage or to develop their experience in order to grow as a professional” Dr. Richard Mendleson of Dynamic Consultants IO
Me? I think the whole thing just sucks. I think our generation is not down with corporate America and the nine-to-five work week. I think we were promised a little too much as kids, and I think we’re a little self loathing and maybe a little too willing to sacrifice mental well-being for a little more on our paycheck every two weeks.
But that’s just me. What do you guys think?