Even while she studied during the worst part of the recession, new graduate, and Michigan State University English and History Major Sara Calkins did not give up on what she was most passionate about, to pursue one of the majors she was told were more likely to get her a job.
"I definitely put up with a few jokes from people I know; about, how I can't get a job with an English major, but there's plenty of things I think I can do. I just wanted to do what I love, and I love literature," said Calkins.
She figures she will have to go on to get her Master's to make herself more marketable in a fields still not hiring like it used to, but she's encouraged to learn she may be graduating at a time when the job market is looking up for all four-year graduates; even the English and history majors.
"There's a lot of people that are unemployed," said Michigan Works' Andrea Kerbuski. "And there are a lot of jobs available, but because people might not have the right skills or education, they're not a great match."
It has become a market where any kind of degree can easily land you a full-time job, if you're not picky about the field. Meaning, you may be an art major and end up working for an insurance company.
Calkins believes in this recovering economy, a job is a job; and it's OK to take something that isn't quite ideal, just to start out.
Especially because she hasn't had the time to apply for much in her field: "It's hard to look for jobs when you're finishing up with school and everything."
It will still be tough for the newest Spartan alum, but President Simon has faith they will excel at whatever they do: "We know they're gonna go out into the world and represent us extraordinarily well," ...and in her words, change the world.
While hiring is up for all majors, some are still more in demand than others. In particular, the health care, computer and advanced manufacturing fields.
This was also one of MSU's largest classes at 7,095.