Young adults waiting for dream jobs

February 19, 2012 by  

If you live in Dedham, and you’re still trying to get a toe-hold into your chosen career – the one you’ve educated yourself for, you’re not the only one in American still trying to break in.

According to The Pew Research Group, which conducted a survey of almost 1,000 people in the workforce between the ages of 18 to 34, approximately 39 per cent said their job was only “a job”. Thirty per cent said their current job was only a “steppingstone” to their chosen career, and the remaining workers described their employment as actually a real career.

For folks in the workforce age 34 and under with a little bit more education, those percentages rise. The Pew survey found that 49 per cent of post-secondary grads identified their current job as being their career. Although higher, that still leaves over half of people with college degrees on the hunt for the career that they actually trained for.

The findings are not all that startling given the less than stellar economy in the U.S. which has profoundly impacted recent college graduates. This includes graphic design students from community colleges waiting to break into the print industry. Many can hardly wait to create their own digital business card printing .

The Pew Group reported that 50 per cent of college grads 34 and under found employment simply to pay rent and keep the lights on and 35 per cent had decided to return to school – both steps that in essence, keep that dream job a little bit further down the road.