Education Employment Poll

Poll: Did Your Education Prepare You For Employment?


According to this article, a couple of weeks ago, education leaders discussed some of the causes of the unemployment rate among college graduates. Some attributed the problem to a lack of higher-education funding, while others argued the unemployment rate to be a result from a job shortage.

As quoted in the article, Laura Fornash – Virginia Secretary of Education – urged Congress to “ensure those who enter our higher education institutions exit with employable credentials.”

With that in mind, do you feel your college education equipped you with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment?

Please take our poll and tell us what you think in the comment section below!

Do you feel your education prepared you for employment?

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Belen Chacon

Belen is a journalism graduate student at California State University, Northridge. She spends her time interning wherever she can and tweeting her heart out. You can follow her @journobelen.


  1. I graduated in 2007 with a BA in Psychology. Did it prepare me for jobs? No. Was it valuable? yes.

    In my previous job I helped low-income adults go back to school. Usually at 2 year technical college for certificates or Associate Degrees. I think in many ways technical schools do a better job than 4 year schools at preparing people for working. For example you can be an RN with either a 2 or 4 year degree. I believe their is a pay difference at some facilities however you can possibly be working in a shorter time period (2 year degree probably still takes at least 3 years do pre-requisite courses and program waiting list and/or entry exams. I think that some communities/states have done a better job than others of building their technical/community colleges. I think employers need to be wiling to respect degrees from these schools and not require a 4 year degree when it is not necessary to perform the functions of the job.

  2. I recently graduated in August of 2012 with my degree in Management and and currenlty working as an Human Resources Generalist. I feel that it was the extra activities that I participated in at University that prepared me for my employment, not my classes. Through a program at school that I choose to be a part of I was trained to job search/interview and write my resume and cover letter. To complete the program I had to find and work several internships. One of the internships I had actually led me to the job I had today. From this I now have real job experience and the skills I need to find and interview for new roles.

    I also participated in several student events and clubs (again voluntarily) that lead me to meeting amazing people and gaining more experience and the opportunity to use my skills. Some of these groups and events are still on my resume today and I have great references from them.

    These events were voluntary on my part – they were not requirements to graduate, but I consider them the most important part of my education that prepared me for employment.

  3. I believe that the business world and higher education are not on the same page.

    Higher education is not keeping pace with what is going on globally with the rest of the world.

  4. I’m an engineering student so I’m not kicking the engineers in the teeth at all; however, I’ve been a Journeyman Tool Maker for 20 years. I watch these kids come out of school with a degree in Engineering and have absolutely “NO” practical experience.

    What their degree prepared them for was the HR rep. Not the job. The HR rep sees the degree and expects the candidate to know what they are doing, but that’s generally not the case, especially in the industry that I work in.

    I’m a student right now so I can get to the level that I want to be at; not for the experience, because so far there is none. I’ve learned how to write papers and draw graphs and that’s it. Nothing tangible.

    As i said, I have 20 years of Tool Making behind me that is all job-shop experience. i can out-engineer most of the 90 engineers that I work with, with the exception of the older guys. (again; the ones with practical experience.)

    I applied for a developmental engineering job once, (which 90% of my experience of dies, special machines, and manufacturing processes is developmental) and the HR guys response was, “Why do you guys without degrees apply for these positions?” I wrote back and said; “Let’s say you have a baseball team. Are you going to hire the guy that just graduated from the NJ Athletics College with a degree in baseball? Or Babe Ruth who never made it past the eighth grade??? No; college nowadays is not preparing for the job. Just the HR reps.

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