Wednesday, June 2, 2010

College Grads Get Optimistic New Job Outlook

Advice from a fellow college graduate

This article was reprint with permission from

SOUTH BEND — There's been a change of pace at college graduation ceremonies across the country this month, as a growing number of students walk right into something unexpected: a job.

Prospects may suddenly be looking a little brighter for the class of 2010. An annual study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows hiring among college seniors up this spring for the first time in three years.

NACE’s 2010 Student Survey shows 24.4 percent of 2010 graduates who applied for a job actually have one waiting for them after graduation. Last year, that figure was 19.7 percent.

NACE polled more than 31,470 students representing more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide for the survey. More than 13,000 of those students were graduating seniors.

Inside Notre Dame's Joyce Center just before 6pm Tuesday, nearly 1,000 graduating seniors from Indiana University-South Bend lined up for their moment to walk across the platform and receive their diploma.

For Chad Haviland and Tim Vogel, both graduating with degrees in Marketing--Haviland with a double degree in Advertising, too--it was a special moment. Years of hard work were finally paying off.

But, after watching many of their classmates at IUSB walk across the same stage in years past and leave without a job in hand, both couldn't help but wonder what kind of future they'd be walking into.

Turns out, it didn't take long to find the answer.

"It was quick for me," Haviland said. "I actually had a few different offers, and I'm now working at Fastenal doing sales and industrial supplies."

"I got an internship back in February, so it just sort of progressed through that," Vogel said. "I wasn't really surprised as I was just really thankful, relieved and blessed. I have a lot of friends that don't have jobs right now."

It's a far different story among the class of 2010 than it's been over the last few years, and IUSB Career Services Office Director Jeffery Jackson isn't the least bit surprised.

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