As new college graduates look for jobs and prepare to start the next phase of their lives, many consider moving for career or financial reasons.
With most graduates carrying student debt, finding a place to live where they can build a career and repay their loans is extremely important.
Students in the U.S. pay more for college than in any other country. It’s no secret that the cost of college has risen astronomically and continues to increase each year.
But why is this the case? And what can be done to prevent costs from rising even further?
In a recent podcast from the University of Pennsylvania’s Knowledge@Wharton High School, Wharton management professor Peter Cappelli and PricewaterhouseCoopers Partner Michael Deniszczuk discuss why costs have risen, how financial aid can affect the cost of college and how student loans have affected borrowers and the economy as a whole.
We write a lot about the country’s rising student loan debt and the fact that it’s already over $1.3 trillion, as well as the effects it’s had on the economy and borrowers’ lives.
But it’s a lot different to actually see it grow by the second. MarketWatch has created a national student loan debt clock to help people visualize just how quickly student loan debt is growing, and it’s pretty sobering to watch.
In fact, by the time you finish reading this post, it will likely have grown by $366,600.
While college does more than prepare you for a job, it’s a reality that career preparation is part of a college education.
With the average cost of college rising rapidly each year and student debt topping $1.2 trillion, it’s crucial for today’s college students to research what types of jobs they’ll be able to get after college and figure out how much they can expect to make, particularly if they have student loans to pay.
Most parents look forward to their children graduating from college, as it marks the time in their lives when they can start becoming real adults and taking care of themselves–moving out, finding a full time job, and potentially getting married, having kids, or buying a home.
But a recent study from the University of Arizona, as reported by CNN Money, has found that that’s not the case for more than half of recent college graduates, who report they still depend on their parents for money.
According to a recent PayScale survey, of 68,000 workers, 43% of Americans feel underemployed in their jobs.
As we recently reported, the worker’s choice of college major is a factor in feeling underemployed. Healthcare and Business majors were among the top majors listed by underemployed workers.
This infographic from PayScale presents a broader look at underemployment in America–including the jobs in which workers feel most underemployed and the ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ job skills employers most value.
When it comes to choosing a college major, we’re advocates for doing what you love and picking the area in which you’re most interested.
If you’re passionate about what you’re studying, you’re more likely to succeed both during and after college.
That being said, particularly with the rising cost of college and increasing student debt, we believe that students need to be realistic about their future prospects when making the choice to attend a college and, perhaps, go into debt to earn a Bachelor’s degree.