Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy

A new nationally representative survey of 571 graduates from four-year colleges and universities from the classes of 2006 through 2010 documents the difficulties young people encountered as they entered a volatile labor market that eventually plunged into a deep recession. While graduates are satisfied with their decision to complete a four-year degree, a large percentage reports they are struggling to find full-time, permanent jobs with benefits that will lead to fulfilling careers.

Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy details the findings from the survey, which was conducted by the Heldrich Center in April 2011, using the web-enabled KnowledgePanel® conducted by Knowledge Networks of Menlo Park, CA. Also available is a media release highlighting key findings from the survey.