'This Week' Transcript: Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels

WATKINS: Yeah, I did feel a sense of, you know, the minute I stepped out of college, you know, I was going to be able to hit the ground running, and now I'm just seeing that, yes, the offers that I have on the table are great, but I want to explore my passions. I want to explore what I -- you know, what I want -- what I want to do from here on out. And it's just not right there at the moment.

AMANPOUR: And another thing that we're reading is that the major that you choose determines more and more now your success, not just at getting a job, but moving from middle even to upper class, also just getting a good salary for your life. Do you feel like you've taken the right majors?

SINGH: I almost don't feel like I have, like my major technically on my degree is interdisciplinary studies.

AMANPOUR: What does that mean?

SINGH: Exactly. It doesn't have a solid definition. I just took that overarching title and created my own major. But when just looking at it, it doesn't -- it honestly doesn't say anything about myself.

AMANPOUR: And, Lauren, even though you've graduated from Harvard and you're going to University College in London, do you feel you've done the right major to get yourself a real leg up in the job market?

KIEL: So I was a major in history and literature of America, which for most doesn't really mean a whole lot in terms of what is that for a career, what is that for professional development, so I think that's -- and that's for a lot of Harvard students. We studied biology. We studied English. We studied these subjects that don't necessarily lead to job. You're going to something to pre-professionalize yourself or you have to, you know, make your -- put your leg up in terms of internships or getting yourself out there with working on the newspaper or working on some type of more professional way to show that you can do -- that you can do something career-wise.

AMANPOUR: Well, we do have a publisher sitting right here.

(LAUGHTER)

ZUCKERMAN: Well, I -- I will put it this way. The print publishing business has now climbed to the number one on the list of American oxymorons. As you probably know, the print publishing business is very, very difficult. And what you've seen in that particular world is a tremendous shrinkage of the number of people who are working in it. So I would recommend that you hire -- ask this guy for a job, because he's in that kind of high-tech world, which is growing quite dramatically.

AMANPOUR: And are you hiring?

IMBRUCE: You know, it's really interesting to come here.

ZUCKERMAN: I applied for a job earlier.

IMBRUCE: It's really interesting to talk about the dearth of jobs available, because in Silicon Valley, San Francisco, you literally cannot hire fast enough. I mean, candidates are wined and dined. It's unbelievable. So I would say that if you're considering a major: engineering, engineering, engineering. America needs more engineers, period.

SINGH: I don't have a degree in technology or engineering. I feel that's one of the main problems. I...

AMANPOUR: But you didn't have a degree, did you?

IMBRUCE: I had a degree in English and comparative literature.

AMANPOUR: OK, fine. See?

(CROSSTALK)

ZUCKERMAN: ... high-tech world, right?

AMANPOUR: And, Melech, you know, go ahead. I was going to -- how do you see the next few years for yourself?

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