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Nope: "83 percent of college seniors graduated without a job this spring."

and how much debt?  yikes

So much debt that it will take them a LONG time to pay it off.

College is increasingly looking like a ripoff.

but our whole educational system is built around it. =p

The article you stashed proposes adding a practical syllabus to college:

So what can be done to make certain these young adults are being prepared for life post-graduation? The answer is simple: Colleges need to create, and require for graduation, a course in career training that would begin freshman year and end senior year.

Career training must start early because getting students to decide what job they want — and teaching them how to thoroughly research that job, get internships and conduct a job search for a full-time position — is not a quick or easy task. This course would ask students to consider their skills and interests. What are they good at? What do they like to do? Then students would be taught how to thoroughly research the industries and jobs that utilize their talents. The best way to do this is by arranging dozens of one-on-one informational interviews with contacts generated from family, friends and their school’s alumni database.

In these interviews they would learn if the jobs they are pursuing are right for them, and they would make contacts to help them eventually land a good job.

Yes, there appears to be a disconnect. 

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