A new study by CareerBuilder stated that 43 percent of college-educated workers said their first job after college was not related to their college major. Additionally, 32 percent reported that they never found a related job at all.
While these statistics can be unsettling, especially for ISU students graduating this spring, that doesn’t mean this harsh reality wont come true.
Senior Mario Bovino is a political science major and is pursuing an environmental studies minor.
But in his four years focusing on one major at ISU, he’s come to learn his passion lays elsewhere — with his fraternity, Delta Chi.
After his initiation on April 23, 2011, Bovino set out to be a proactive member in Delta Chi and hoped to make a difference in one of the 133 currently active chapters.
He attended a leadership academy in summer 2011 where he accepted an expansion consulting position for Delta Chi through the regional director.
The position includes travelling to various colleges and universities for four-month periods, meeting with university officials and developing a student interest group.
All of this takes place while helping to build new Delta Chi chapters.
“Here at Illinois State University, I did two years as an Interfraternity Council member, one year as president and one year as PR chair. Also in my fraternity I helped expand our chapter from a group of 35 to a group of 110 members,” Bovino said.
“I love working with people. I’m very adaptive. Travelling in general allows you to develop different perspectives and change the way you view things. I really enjoy that.”
Bovino believes that the job will be fast-paced and pressing, and while he will miss his family and friends in the Chicago suburbs, the valuable sales and travel experience will be fully rewarding.
“I believe if the fraternity is done right, it can be one of the best collegiate and life changing experiences for any male student.”
“I know that my time in my fraternity has heavily influenced my life, and I would like to give that opportunity to other students at another university,” Bovino said.
“I’d like to explore other areas of career options before I jump to a decision on something I already know I can do. It’s the adventurous side of me, doing what you love rather than what you have to do.”
He is one of the thousands of ISU students who recognize advantageous opportunities outside of a typical career path.
Other seniors, like accounting major Kyle Miller, choose to stick within the realms of their major without entering the workforce quite yet.
Post-graduation, Miller plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a master’s degree.
He has enrolled in the Financial Reporting and Assurance program, where he will spend 10 months studying in the top accounting program in the nation.
“In my free time I invest and work with numbers, that’s how I make my money at school. I pay attention to stocks, bonds and mutual funds, etcetera.”
“So it’s kind of like making a career out of what I already am doing and what I like to do,” Miller said.
Miller chose the University of Texas at Austin, because the program prepares students for dream opportunities and proves a high success rate.
Miller’s dream is to become a hedge fund manager on Wall Street. He recognizes the program’s range of benefits.
“You need to earn 150 credit hours to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). So, basically if I get a master’s and don’t end up on Wall Street, I can become a CPA as a backup,” Miller said.
And the non-academic benefits.
“More importantly I want to go to get out of this horribly cold weather.”