Newsmakers: Rasmussen Univ.’s Elizabeth Lintelman Explains Long Term Impact of Underemployment
Rasmussen University’s Elizabeth Lintelman says the university is taking steps to combat underemployment.
“Essentially underemployment is working in a position in that you are overqualified, or you are not using your education or your skills,” explained Lintelman. “We’ve all heard of that recent college graduate that they are going to stay a Barista until they find their footing and what we have found is that first job after graduation is truly is impactful in setting your career progression in your professional career.”
Lintelman points to a study that says most students who begin their professional career underemployed can stay that way.
“Even 10 years out if your first job was underemployed post-graduation, then three-fourths of those who graduated 10 years out are still underemployed,” said Lintelman. “There’s huge financial implications.”
Lintelman says if you consider the earned wages lost over the years, it could add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars.
But the school is helping students build bridges through a team of career services advisors as well as technology that uses artificial intelligence to help job seekers.
“It looks at your resume and it looks at your dream job and it tells you in real time that you are missing your skills, you are missing this credentialing,” said Lintelman. “It provides this real-time feedback.”
Lintelman says they’ve had more than 3,000 students use the tool.