What college graduates regret
What’s the biggest regret that college graduates have? You might think it’s picking the wrong major, but according to this article, the answer is gaining more work experience:
What College Graduates Regret (theatlantic.com)
In a Pew Survey of college graduates, 50% of the respondents chose not gaining enough work experience as their biggest regret, while only 29% chose picking the wrong major. Other regrets include not studying enough (38%) and not looking for work sooner (30%).
This survey also found that one-third of college graduates who majored in social science, education, or liberal arts regretted their major, while 24% of science and engineering graduates regretted their major.
The article also includes a hilarious Scared Straight parody where disillusioned liberal arts graduates dissuade college students from choosing liberal arts majors. (“My major was Ceramics with a minor in Electronic Music. I CAN’T EVEN GET A JOB AT POTTERY BARN!”)
As a recent liberal arts graduate, I would say that my own biggest regret was also not gaining enough work experience. I did well academically, but I should’ve placed a greater emphasis on career development, finding internships, and being active in campus organizations.
For those of you who are recent college graduates, what do you wish you would’ve done differently in college?