Over half of all American college graduates are underemployed, according to one McKinsey study, and that's students with four-year degrees. Economics Professor Richard Measell says education matters.
“People who didn't complete high school -- those are the worst off,” Measell said. “The more education you have, the lower your unemployment rate will be. Recent numbers show college grad unemployment rates are under 4 percent, where for somebody who didn't complete high school it's over 10 percent.”
It's an issue familiar to Chuck Knebl who works with Hoosiers across the entire education spectrum.
“We provide one-on-one career counseling for everyone that wants to talk to a career counselor,” said Knebl, who is the Communication Manager at WorkOne Northern Indiana, Region 2. “They could be unemployed, they could be out of work or they could be underemployed.”
At WorkOne, counselors help to workshop interview skills, networking, computer training – as well as “soft skills.”
“Soft skills are being on time, having a good attitude when you're in the work place,” Knebl explained. “Your organizations skills, some of your communication skills.”
He also advises being mindful of your presence on social media.
“You could be your own worst enemy if you do post negative words or pictures or content related to you in any way because then a potential employer very well may see that at some point,” he said.
WorkOne holds frequent career-building workshops throughout the year for people of all backgrounds and experience levels.