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Study: College graduates overqualified for jobs

10:47 PM, Jan 28, 2013   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - A growing number of people have college degrees, but according to a new study, many of them aren't getting their money's worth out of their educations.

USA Today is reporting that nearly half of Americans with college degrees are in jobs they're overqualified to hold.

According to the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, 25% of retail sales clerks had a bachelor's degree, as well as 15% of taxi drivers, and 5% of janitors. 

Aquinas College did a study in 2011 that found that at least 15% of graduates are not working in the field that was their major -- or not working at all.

A career counselor at Aquinas says she advises graduates to just their get their foot in the door somewhere.

"Whether that somewhere requires a degree or not, but with a degree you are able to work your way up," says AnnMarie Post, associate director of career counseling for Aquinas College.  "Sometimes they're waiting for something to fall in their lap and it's not happening,"

Post says that some graduates limit their employment prospects because they don't want to move away from their family or the community. 

Post believes the job market for graduates is improving, despite the challenges.

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