Taking advantage of career services at Cabrini

By Samantha Bokoski
November 13, 2008

Shannon Keough

“Where do I want to eat lunch? What am I going to wear?”

Young adults stress about these questions everyday, but what about, “What am I going to do with the rest of my life,” a question many think about, but are drawn in two different directions.

A confused student is forced to choose between the money-making jobs or jobs you enjoy but do not make nearly as much money.

A major that many students pick in college is education. Education is known to be a fulfilling job but it is one of the lowest paid jobs when leaving college.

According to studentsreview.com, an average salary exiting college is $35,000, compared to other majors’ salaries reaching in the mid-40s.

“It is not all about the money for me. I just want to enjoy my life and I think teaching would be a great fit for me,” Jake Neary, freshman elementary education major, said.

According to a survey done by studentsreview.com, education majors make an estimated $53,000 after completing 10 years and $60,205 after 14 years. Majors such as nursing, geography and business administration have a higher income leaving college than education majors receive after 10 years.

Education places at No. 5 on Princeton Review list of top-10 majors.

The major was the lowest paid profession on the list. However, the major keeps growing.

Education is the basis of our country’s success but teachers get paid less than most.

“Based on information received from the survey last year, the largest number of student placements turns out to be a very close tie between business administration and education,” Stephanie Reed, assistant director of cooperative education and career services, said.

One of the lower-end paying jobs and one of the top paying jobs are the most popular.

The statistics demonstrate that people do care about the money but there are many who do not.

Unlike previous years, money is not everything anymore; happiness in life seems to count now.

According to Reed, students who have internships do not always necessarily have a jump ahead.

“However, based on the graduate survey responses last year 40 percent of our respondents who provided information about their co-op experience reported that they received job offers from their co-op employers,” Reed said.

The statistics Reed reports displays the willingness of students to work harder and choose a job that fits them over the salary.

“I love kids and it is the only thing I ever wanted to do,” Samantha Foster, freshman education major, said.

The declining economy may be a factor in many students choice of a career, but with the help of the co-op office, students are more likely to get a job.

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