Gallup Research Poll Reveals the Majority of College Graduates Are Unhappy with Their Jobs

In news that applies to YOU, a Gallup Research Poll has revealed that most college graduates don't enjoy what they're currently doing:

According to the study, which surveyed 150,000 adults at various ages, college graduates whose highest educational attainment is a bachelor’s degree say they’re less engaged at the office (emotionally disconnected from work and the workplace) than peers who completed some or no college at all.

The numbers tell all: Fifty-five percent of graduates are not engaged, whereas people who finished some college edged in slightly lower at 50.2 percent. This is in comparison to the 48.2 percent of workers whose schooling ended at high school. Not all occupations are created equal: The highest engagement for college grads was in managerial and executive roles, while transportation workers were the least engaged.

So what gives? Is there a breakdown in higher education or the transition from backpack to briefcase? Can the numbers be attributed to half of recent graduates working in jobs that don’t require a degree, as a 2012 Gallup/Lumina Foundation poll found?


While having dreams and then getting crushed is technically sad, don't think I'm alone in saying that the disasstification is inevitable. The expectations of “this generation” aside, graduating college and taking an entry level job is life's equivalent of being a freshman, or a pledge. As a wise-sounding quote says, “satisfication is earned, not given.” Straight out of college is too young to earn. Money yes, but also any sort of power or vestige of legacy. 

Brandon Busteed, head of Gallup Education states in a press release, “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.” 


Not necessarily disagreeing, but if one is trying to “get to a place where they're doing what they're best at”, it's not gonna be acheived through any sort of third party. That shit's on you. Think we all need to give it a second. (And of course, continue writing facebook statuses about how much work we've done, but how there's still a shit ton more to accomplish.)

[H/T: Metro]