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College Graduates: A Reality

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For many college graduates, plans for their future can be exciting…and stressful, especially in the current economic climate.  About a month ago, the Associated Press posted an article that embodies this situation.

“Josh Donahue, 23, an Oregon State University economics graduate, is living on food stamps. First in his family with a university degree, he stays with relatives and scrapes even for a menial job instead of the bank gig he’d dreamed about.  “A degree in economics,” he said, “doesn’t really prepare you to understand the economy very well.”

In the United States, more than 5.7 million jobs have been lost since the recession began in December 2007.  This obviously creates a disadvantage for college graduates who are entering the job market for the first time, and some are resorting to Plan B:

  • Many students are seeking experience in their chosen field that will provide them with a competitive advantage when applying for jobs, but even that may be hard to come by…

“Caroline Payne had her rude awakening earlier in the school year, when the senior at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass., began looking for an unpaid internship and found that many would-be employers weren’t even willing to look at her resume.”

  • Other college graduates have chosen to continue their education by enrolling in graduate or professional school to defer student loan payments, hoping the continued education will pay off in the long run.

For those not wanting to settle for Plan B, researching geographic areas with expanding employment opportunities should be the first step in their employment endeavors.  I, personally, have a desire to return to Ord following my college graduation and it is encouraging to see the area’s continual efforts for employment expansion.  By researching a specific location and gaining a wealth of information, career-seeking graduates could have the potential to take the lead in their chosen field by stressing their specific qualifications.

Throughout my first few years of college, I have also learned that networking is vital for college graduates, especially in small communities where employers prefer to hire based on word of mouth references.

Determine your goal, establish your presence, MARKET YOURSELF…

EDIT (by Caleb) – the link to the MSNBC article was broken, so I found an original to the AP newswire…

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Written by Kristina

June 17, 2009 at 7:45 pm

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  1. […] a comment » You can see below Kristina posted an insightful read about the current job prospects for college graduates.  If you’re a stranger to this blog, […]

  2. Check out http://yourgradlife.blogspot.com/ a concept created by college grads who are working and trying to survive the current state of the economy. We want to create a network of peers to push forward our voices.

    Rachel Toyer

    July 1, 2009 at 10:46 pm


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