Some Good News as Graduation Approaches
Last week, a study came out showing that the economic recovery may be helping those about to graduate from college, as more companies said they plan on hiring recent college graduates.
This week, some more good news from the same organization, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
The group's 2010 Student Survey shows that nearly 25% of graduating students have jobs waiting for them after they get their diploma. That's up from about 20% last year.
Why the increase?
"A greater number of Class of 2010 graduates accepted the jobs they were offered," says NACE executive director Marilyn Mackes.
In other words, more students this year were willing to take jobs they were offered, even if it wasn't the perfect job they were looking to get.
"There appears to be a greater awareness of the economic realities among this year's graduates, and greater flexibility in the types of jobs they will consider," says Mackes.
So, it appears more students are heeding the advice I have been giving. The key is to get your foot in the door, get experience, and show an employer you are a hard working and valuable employee. Usually, the toughest job to get is the first one. After that, it is in your hands to prove yourself. Once you show you are a top-notch person, moving on to that next job and getting closer to your dream job is that much easier.
Geoff Roth is a 30-year veteran of the TV news business. He has hired hundreds of people and counseled both professionals and students as they hunt for jobs. Geoff is chronicling life after TV News at www.nomoredeadlines.com.
He was part of the original staff of CNN when it started up in 1980, and has worked for national and local news organizations across the country as everything from a writer to News Director. He is now rounding out his career as an Assistant Professor in the journalism department at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY.