These people, on the other hand, I have genuine sympathy for, because we always hear about how important these fields are and how we need more graduates in such fields:
"I'm frustrated," said Sergey Savrasov, 21. Savrasov recently graduated from UC Santa Cruz with degrees in computational mathematics and business management economics. He now works for a Davis moving company.
"The response rate to applications is pretty slow," he said, "even though I'm a very qualified job candidate with two degrees"...
Savrasov speaks three languages and twice made the dean's honor list. But he's still hauling furniture out of recently sold homes...
Savrasov managed to complete his education without racking up huge debts – his parents picked up most of the costs. And he's still working.
Eduardo Salinas, 31, of Sacramento is not so fortunate.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Salinas worked the last several years as a CAD drafter – he used computer software to create blueprints for construction projects.
Salinas believed that he could do more, though, and enrolled in the construction management program at ITT Technical Institute in Rancho Cordova. He went to school full time while working full time. In June, his employer laid him off.
Salinas graduated from ITT in September. Now he's struggling to find a job in the anemic construction industry. He owes $60,000 in student loans.
He still wants something more prestigious than his old job, which does not require a four-year degree, but he's worried that he may not find it. His backup plan is to start his own business.
"I just want to get my foot in the door," he said. "But that's impossible."
STEM is supposed to be the Promised Land....