Job Prospects Improving For New College Grads

By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
May 17, 2013

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As new college graduates look for a job there are indications their prospects are improving.

Carl Van Horn is director of the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers. He says the employment outlook for graduates is better than the last couple of years because the region’s economy is improving.

“The somewhat troublesome news for many students is they won’t be able to get a full time job right away in the area where they’d like to work, but they have to be patient and persistent because eventually the vast majority of them will be successful in accomplishing their goals.”

Van Horn says it typically takes several months for graduates to get full-time employment, and they may have to take a part-time or temporary job in the meantime.

“The success they’ve had in college is going to be rewarded because employers most of the time would prefer a person with a graduate or professional degree. Of course in some fields they require that. It may take a few months. It’s not necessarily going to happen right away but eventually the vast majority of them will be successful.”

Van Horn says the job outlook is better for graduates with certain degrees.

“The students who are graduating in the health care professions, in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, computer sciences. Those students are likely to have a quicker path into a career than students in some other majors.”


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