To what extent do connections determine your college success?
At first, I thought Asians and Indians going into STEM fields in the United States was a racial/cultural phenomenon. But I learned the real reason. First and second generation immigrants, on the whole, don't have many connections. They don't necessarily have the luxury of majoring in Comparative Literature and having their uncle's friend helping them get into a publishing company. As a result, if they want to raise their income , they need to study a field with above average demand.
In the success rates of college graduates (i.e. job placement, salary, etc), I am curious of the extent in which people of well-connected backgrounds can skew the data. For example, a person who does not have family members who know people in industry or above average social skills to build connections by themselves.
To an extent, many wealthy people attend college as a way to qualify them for jobs they already are near-guarenteed to earn. For example, the "percentage of business majors who get a decent paying job" metric includes people who have family members that will employ them and pass down the business to them.
But to what extent is a non-STEM/nursing major a benefit to people who have merit but limited connections?