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Graduated and Overqualified [AUDIO]

Certain majors in college could lead to years of disappointment. A report released this week by PayScale shows which areas of concentration land students in jobs for which they are overqualified.

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According to the analysis, students who majored in business administration and management are 8.2 times more likely to be underemployed. Those with degrees in drama and criminal justice are nearly seven times more likely to find a job beneath their skill level.

“There just aren’t enough jobs available for the graduates,” said Neil Cooper, owner of Career Coach NJ. “The supply and demand ratios are completely out of balance.”

He said it’s smarter for students to pursue industries in which there are plenty of jobs available, such as math and science.

“When you have a general degree – a business degree – there are so many people who are graduating with business degrees. Unfortunately, there just aren’t enough jobs to go around,” Cooper said.

Being underemployed can have quite the negative impact on one’s confidence. Putting in at least four years of hard work, and landing a job you didn’t even need a degree for, can be damaging to the ego.

Cooper said about 85 percent of college graduates, and adults who have been out of college for years, get jobs through informal introductions. The traditional ways of getting a job, like applying online, are less effective.

“It’s extremely important to reach out when you’re in college and make relationships with teachers, with administrators and with other students, and build your network of connections” he said. “It’s like building your own personal tribe out there, and that’s who you’re going to use to help you succeed.”

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