SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - It seems as though college may not be worth what it used to be, at least when it comes to finding a job in the area of your degree.
A new study finds that more than 4 out of 10 recent graduates say they're stuck in jobs for the last two years, that have nothing to do with their degree.
"I'm not surprised. I think it's a little overwhelming for some. I think that whatever you go to school for I think you should seek out that major", said Bryant Irby of Springfield.
Tamika Butler experienced firsthand what it was like to not find a job in her major. "Last year when I graduated from UMass Boston...I was looking for a job in the summer. It was tough to find [one] because it seemed as though, what they were looking, for was entry level" said Butler.
Others 22News spoke to, who have been in the job market for years, say they understand why 41% are dealing with this problem.
"You know, if you do get a college education it doesn't mean you have hands-on experience. They do have maybe more book learning or more education than they need for that job", said Bernadette Collins of Chicopee.
A concept students aren't buying, like Devon Powers of Northampton. "I think it's really unfortunate that people don't really take that into account", said Powers.
Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed said they felt they need additional training to start their chosen career. This translates into either switching their major or going on to grad school.
"I did criminal justice, but now I'm in a different field...so I think something needs to change for those looking to venture into the fields they went to school for", said Ezekiel Kirwa of Springfield.
Many hope a change would bring back the benefits college used to have in the workforce.