Nearly HALF of recent college graduates not ’emotionally’ prepared for the daily grind, new study finds

Our next generation of college-educated workers is having a hard time adjusting to the real-world 9-to-5 grind that comes with starting a career.

According to a new survey conducted by the Mary Christie Institute, nearly half of the polled recent graduates between the ages of 22 and 28 (45%) “believed their work environment has taken a negative toll on their own mental health in the previous year.”

“More than one-third (39%) of respondents said their college did not help them develop skills to prepare them for the emotional or behavioral impact of the transition to the workplace,” the study found. “Of those who said their college did provide support (also 39%), majorities named peer relationships (57%) and extracurriculars (51%) as influential experiences.”

“Our findings show that once in the workplace, young people continue to struggle mentally and emotionally,” the study team reported.

It is a sign not just of the useless state of our nation’s higher learning centers but of an increasingly crippling mental health crisis in our country — one exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdowns — that is clearly not being addressed in any meaningful way.

“Based on responses to the Patient Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4), a validated screening tool for anxiety and depression, 31% of recent graduates met the criteria for depression, and 43% met the criteria for anxiety. The majority (51%) also reported needing help for mental or emotional problems in the last year,” the study states. “Sixty-two percent said they received mental health treatment, including counseling, therapy, or medications, at some point during their lives.”

The findings support those of a Fortune poll taken earlier this month.

As BizPac Review reported, that survey also found that those born between 1981 and 1996 are having a hard time “adulting,” with 35% of Millennials saying that they are still relying on their parents to pay their bills

The Mary Christie Institute found that mental wellness is divided, like so much of our nation, along racial lines — but not in the way one might think.

It appears all the woke indoctrination at the colleges is having a debilitating effect on white and Hispanic students.

“Black and Asian American respondents reported better overall mental health than their White peers (60% and 63%, respectively, said they have good or excellent mental health, compared to 52% of white and 49% of Hispanic respondents),” the study revealed. “However, Black respondents were less likely to feel part of the work community than their White peers (50% vs 68%); and were less likely to say they have colleagues who would support them if struggling compared to their White counterparts (52% vs 73%).”

It’s also, not surprisingly, divided along gender lines.

“Women reported worse mental health than men, with 68% of males self-reporting good or excellent mental health, compared to 45% of females,” the study revealed.

And, regardless of race and gender, burnout — defined as “a state of prolonged physical and psychological exhaustion, which is perceived as related to the person’s work” — is definitely a problem.

“More than half of young professionals (53%) reported that they feel burnout at least once per week,” the survey found. “Of the young professionals who reported experiencing burnout weekly or more, 42% said they plan to leave their job in the next 12 months, compared to 32% of young professionals overall who said they plan to leave their job within the year.”

The work environment, according to more than a third (38%) of the “young professionals” polled, “negatively impacts employee mental health and wellbeing.”

“Nearly half (45%) of young professionals believed their work environment has taken a negative toll on their own mental health in the previous year,” the study states.

Career coach and workforce expert Ken Coleman warned the findings do not bode well for companies or the nation’s economy.

“These findings are a stark predictor of continued lack of engagement, low productivity and no loyalty which leads to negative impacts on companies and our economy,” he told The College Fix in a media statement.

“This generation has truly been victimized by the fear campaign of marketers, the media and politicians who have manipulated their grandparents and parents for decades,” he said. “Add in normal doubts and insecurities that come with launching into adulthood and you have the ultimate cocktail of confusion.”


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