Finding the Right Job Still Challenging for Many

October 14, 2010 ( – Thirty-six percent of workers with college degrees in a new CareerBuilder survey now say they wish they had studied something else when they were in school.

A CareerBuilder news release about the poll said 26% saw the market for jobs in their field get worse from the time they started their college studies to when they actually hit the job market.

Fifty-six percent of respondents found a job in their field within 12 months of graduation, but others were apparently not so lucky. Nineteen percent of college-educated workers still have not found work in their desired profession, according to the poll.

Not only that, 27% who graduated from college 10 years ago or longer say they still haven’t found work in their field, while 21% say it took three years or longer, and 12% five years or longer.

“The job market has been challenging for all workers, regardless of degree level, and has prompted many to think about learning skills for high demand and emerging jobs,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources at CareerBuilder, in the news release.

Building new skill sets is a priority for more than one in (13 %) workers who said they have plans to go back to school this year to make themselves more marketable.

This survey was conducted online within the U.S. by Harris Interactive among 2,042 U.S. workers with college degrees (employed full-time, not self-employed, both government and non-government), age 18 and over, between August 17 and September 2, 2010.