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College graduates find degrees don't always lead to a career

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"I went into this field because jobs like nursing and anything medical are always gonna be around," said Hickman. "I went into this field because jobs like nursing and anything medical are always gonna be around," said Hickman.
Stephanie Hickman graduated from The University of South Carolina in May 2012 and she has been working for Liberty Tap Room and Grille ever since. Stephanie Hickman graduated from The University of South Carolina in May 2012 and she has been working for Liberty Tap Room and Grille ever since.
"So if you've been focusing on one major... you've been developing certain skills thinking about what other industries or what other occupations might those skills be utilized in" "So if you've been focusing on one major... you've been developing certain skills thinking about what other industries or what other occupations might those skills be utilized in"

By: Lauren Hoar

A Center For College Affordability study found barely half of college graduates have jobs that the U.S. Bureau of the Labor says require a bachelors degree. The study says more people have degree's than there are open that require a degree.

Stephanie Hickman graduated from The University of South Carolina in May 2012 with a degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. She has been working for Liberty Tap Room and Grille ever since.

Hickman has decided to go back to school to get a nursing degree after not being able to find a job where she can utilize her degree. 

"I went into this field because jobs like nursing and anything medical are always gonna be around," said Hickman.

Hickman says she doesn't think that her degree went to waste because she can take her customer service skills into the field of Health Care. She believes in the future, more people will be getting certifications for jobs instead of investing in college.

Erica Elbery, a career development coach at the USC Career Center, says having transferable skills are very important when you're marketing yourself to employers.

"So if you've been focusing on one major... you've been developing certain skills thinking about what other industries or what other occupations might those skills be utilized in," said Elbery.

The Center for College Affordability says the number of college graduates is expected to grow by 19 million by 2020. But, the number of jobs requiring a degree is expected to grow by fewer than 7 million.

"If there's a lower employment rate and it's difficult for people to find entry level or more advanced level positions, there can be that correlation to underemployment where people, ya know, taking positions that they are over qualified for," said Elbery.

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