Best way to get a ‘good job’ with a college degree

Finding college and career fulfillment Photo by TheDeliciousLife

Finding college and career fulfillment Photo by TheDeliciousLife

Something is very wrong in the American workplace when almost 80% of employees are ambivalent or strongly unhappy with their job. Worse, those with higher education are more dissatisfied. However, there is a clear way to improve the odds of job fulfillment and finding “a good job.”.

Today, Gallup released a study that shows, “American workers with a college or postgraduate degree are slightly less likely than those with a high school diploma or less to be engaged at work.”

I recently posted 5 surprising results from choosing STEM vs. Humanities major. I included tips for choosing a major based on an in depth personal evaluation of interests, skills and talents.

Yesterday, Career Happiness? First, Discover Your “My Three Things was posted by a person who had several career changes and many different jobs. On TheSavvyIntern blog, Ted Coine gives an introspection plan to jump start college and career.

How “good” a job is depends on the degree of connection between worker and work. How to best find a strong employment engagement starts with choosing a college and a field of study that best matches personal passion and aptitude.

While employers figure out how to make their employees more content, students and job-seekers can increase their own chances for “a good job.”

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5 surprising results from choosing STEM vs. Humanities major

Super students aren't super human (Superman by James Vaughan, x-ray delta one )

Super students aren’t super human (Superman by James Vaughan, x-ray delta one )

“Show me the money I can make,” is the new demand by college students.

The high cost of college and securing a financial future influences parents and the college bound’s school and college major choices. When economic reports show the most lucrative careers are rooted in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields, families pay attention. However, the popularity of STEM has led to five surprising results that prove super students are not super human:

1. Humanities are suffering at all school levels.

2. Student literacy is down with poorer reading, writing, speaking and analytical skills.

3. Many students put in the work hard for STEM majors but don’t get the grades they expected.

4. Many students are dropping STEM because they are not satisfied with their low grades.

5. College becomes even more costly because switching majors often adds extra courses and postpones graduation to meet requirements for new field choice.

Then there is the stress caused by these results.

When varied sources come to these conclusions, it’s time to reevaluate. The sources include research studies from the sciences, reports form the humanities, professor experiences and job authorities.

Read on for more info and how to best prepare for choosing a major.