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I agree with some of the people on here. I think there are not that many "young college educated residents" because there is no where for them to work. The job market for ANY college educated person is limited in Victoria, add lack of experience (which most young people with a college degree have) and that drops the possibility even lower. THEN add being female to that, and the possibilities drop even more. I am currently attending UHV and will have my bachelor degree soon. I could stop with that, but honestly there would be no where for me to work in Victoria. Unless I expect to be happy with making 15 bucks an hour TOPS for the rest of my life, and to me, that just doesn't seem worth the hard work I have put into going to college in the first place. I am going to get my law degree, but in order to do that, I have to move to Houston, Austin, San Antonio, or Waco for three years, taking me from the town I love. And, even though I love Victoria, and my main goal is to come back to Victoria after I get my law degree, more than likely I will be offered a higher paying job somewhere else, and eventually make it back to good ole Victoria. So as you can see, even with a degree, the outlook is really not that bright for young educated people in Victoria. (Unless you become a nurse, or work at one of the plants.)
Big shocker here!! What exactly does Victoria have to offer the college graduate who's not a nurse? Not a dang thing. I left Victoria in 2005 after graduating from UHV with a Bachelor's degree because I knew there was NO WAY in HELL, I would ever land a job in my field. I moved to Houston and completed my Master's Degree at the UH main campus. I just turned 30 years old and with 3 college degrees under my belt, no husband or children to keep me from relocating anywhere in the world, the sky is the limit as long as my start is somewhere other than Victoria!
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I contend that like many small towns and cities the young college educated residents and the educated skilled trades "follow the buffalo". They move to larger cities that offer higher pay and greater chances to succeed a higher level of growth in their chosen field. Many even take their skills to other countries where their skills are in high demand. Just how many jobs opportunities can a small city offer engineers, international bankers, international lawyers, international public accountants, high raise steel workers, robotic mechanics, and etc? The jobs just are not here to keep the young educated residents.
I love it when articles come out that support what I say on here. For the most part Victoria is a dumb/low class town. Just telling it like it is!
The question should not be “Does Victoria County lack young, college educated residents?” The question should be WHY DOESN’T VICTORIA COUNTY HAVE EDUCATED RESIDENTS.?????
It does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out and I say this in all due respect. If an Apartment is 600 plus dollars a month excluding utilities, there’s a problem. If you have a HIGH, HIGH DROP OUT RATE in Victoria Independent School District. Guess what folks, there’s a problem. If you have a High Tax rate, there’s a problem.
I would question the age banding and the survey construct and interpretation by . A "professional degree" means different things to different people, but bachelor, associate and high school grad have very clear meanings.
any of the 225 females with a grad degree (age 25 to 34), feel free to contact me
I compared the number of graduate degrees of men and women from 18-24: 90, 6 respectively.25-34: 107, 225
There are many more men with graduate degrees (15 times as many in the younger age group) compared to half as many graduate degreed men than women in the next age group.
As with employment, I would like to see the average wages of a college graduate with those the same age without a degree and with those with a technical/vocational degree.
I look forward to seeing the article.
Good point, vox. We just looked at education attainment by age -- which doesn't tell us if folks are currently employed. I'll change my headline accordingly. But, yes, if Erica does a story, we'll put it into context by comparing data in other counties. Thanks for the note -- Gabe
Those numbers don't say much. Is the original question about young educated professionals in the workforce, or just the education level of people in the county? The numbers don't say anything about employment.
Looks like about 50% of people ages 18-34 have at least some college. I'd like to see how this number compares to other counties of similar size.