Business Sense | Uncertain employment outcomes for recent graduates – Times-Standard

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic may cut deep wedges into the educational and career goals of the developing workforce. As community members struggle with economic challenges, how to best bounce back is all-important. For students who graduated during the pandemic or postponed college, unique challenges could put recent grads at an economic disadvantage.

One obvious way to enhance future earnings is through a college degree. However, obtaining a degree during the pandemic was a daunting path to uncertain employment outcomes.  For many, carefully laid plans dissolved quickly. Many high school graduates chose to postpone college. According to a study conducted by National Student Clearinghouse, first-year student enrollment into a four-year university dropped 13%, and 18.9% for two-year programs. While delaying college provides short-term financial benefits, it could create a long-term disadvantage. Those who delay college are less likely to obtain a…

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