Study: 1 in 4 College Students, Recent Grads Find Current Job ‘Meaningless’

While sentiment remains optimistic, some college students and recent graduates are unsatisfied with their jobs, a new study shows.

Columbus, Ohio — June 6

While the lackluster economic recovery has negatively impacted the job market for millions of Americans, those currently in college and recent graduates continue to be one of the groups affected the most.

The wages of young college graduates between 2007 and 2012 dropped 7.6 percent and the class of 2013 will likely earn less over the next 10-15 years, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

A study conducted last month by, an online retailer of college textbooks, adds new dimensions to these statistics. In the study, 23 percent of college students revealed they find their current job to be “meaningless.” The study asked college students and recent graduates across the U.S. about their work status and thoughts pertaining to their summer or work plans going forward.

For those college students or recent graduates who were employed, 55 percent of those surveyed said that their work does not relate to their desired or attained college degree. When it came to trying to find a job, 38 percent of students actively looking for work had not received any offers.

However, there was some positive news from the survey: Despite the current job market, 57 percent of college students said their overall mood is optimistic.