‘US grads a disillusioned lot’

May 1, 2013

As many as 40 per cent of US college graduates are either unemployed or unemployable as they need further training before they can get their first job, according to an online survey done on Tuesday.

The poll was conducted by global management consulting firm Accenture. It surveyed 1,050 workers who finished college in the past two years and 1,010 who will receive their degree this year.

A sizeable chunk of respondents who are employed are of the opinion that their jobs do not require a college degree, making their qualification irrelevant.

Thirty-four per cent are worried about repaying their student loans of up to $30,000. Some 17 percent owe between $30,000 and $50,000.

As many as 42 per cent of recent graduates think they will need an advanced degree to further their career.

Education, media and entertainment, and healthcare are the top industries where graduates wanted to work.

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