Job prospects for college graduates

May 7, 2012

May 7, 2012                             Lisa Severy                                  

Another sign that the economy appears to be recovering is that there are now more job opportunities for college graduates then in recent years, says CU-Boulder Career Services Director Lisa Severy.   

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Job prospects for college graduates

May 7, 2012                                    Lisa Severy

Another sign that the economy appears to be recovering is that there are now more job opportunities for college graduates then in recent years, says CU-Boulder Career Services Director Lisa Severy.    

CUT 1 “So for the class of 2010 we saw about a 9 percent increase in the number of jobs we’ve posted. For 2011 it was a 23 percent increase from the year before. So we won’t have our numbers until the middle of the summer but we’re probably on pace to do that number again.” (:20) 

Severy says that although the job market isn’t fully recovered the struggle now is to get students aware of the many job opportunities available. 

CUT 2 “So in terms of the number of opportunities, you know right now we have hundreds of jobs on the site that’s open, and some of them get only a few applicants. So our biggest challenge right now, I think, is to let students know we have a lot of opportunities to look through and really engage in that and really see that employers are looking for all different types of majors and all different types of experience and it’s really a good time to come and take advantage of all that.” (:32)

One of the biggest concerns amongst recent graduates is the relevancy of their majors.  Severy says many wonder if their major is too broad for many employers.

CUT 3 “The number one major that gets clicked on our Career Services Online CSO system is ‘any.’  So those employers don’t care at all.  They know that if someone has been admitted to the University of Colorado and is successful here and graduates, they’re looking at a talented, skilled person that can be trained.” (:24)

In terms of industries that are thriving now, Severy lists a variety, all of which are looking to hire new job prospects. 

CUT 4 “I mean the technical people who need technical support are looking for computer science and engineering type positions.  (8:00) General corporate things tend to have a lot of action.  Media companies are tending to come back right now. (:16) Because of our aging population health care is a growth industry.” (:20)

In addition to these more traditional jobs, Severy notes that in recent years new industries are bringing in new jobs that are perfect for the younger generation of employees. 

CUT 5 “The good news for new college grads is they tend to be jobs that are suited for college grads. I think a good example of that is social-media-specialist.  I think that we posted about 67 times last year. It was a job that wasn’t even in our system 5 years ago. (:16) Students have been doing that forever. They’re native speakers of social media.” (:22)

One of the most asked question Severy gets from students is “What can I do to have the best chance of getting a job?”  Severy says there are a lot of things students can do to be as prepared as possible for entering the employment world. 

CUT 6 “Getting more information about what’s available and what’s out there and then coming up with a mechanism for branding yourself.  So this is what I have to offer and here are my top ten strengths and here is how I think it is going to fit in your organization. (:16) If you can articulate that to your network and also to employers then you don’t have to answer the question of “oh what can an x, y, z major do for me?” (:27)

Although Severy won’t get complete job prospect statistics until the summer, she feels confident that as long as students take advantage of the opportunities available, finding a job won’t be as hard as some may think!

-CU-

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