Hiring may be looking up for grads

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For students, College is a tool used to get students ready for future careers, but many are wondering if college is worth the time and money.

“I honestly don’t think going to college affects getting a good job to start a career,” said Chase Castleberry, 20, TJC business management alumni, “No matter what, we are all going to struggle finding a good job.”

The problem students face is high competition for a limited number of jobs.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for people ages 16-24 with a bachelor’s degree was at 8 percent in April of 1210, was down in 2011, but has went up in 2012.

“I guess I’ve never really thought about it before,” said Emma Woolverton, 19, sophomore majoring in accounting, “But yeah, I could see how some students could be worried about that.”

“Despite the improving job prospects, the job market remains competitive. Students should be more proactive in their job searches and flexible with short-term career goals.” Said an article published in USnews.com

Felecia Neely-Morris, Coordinator of Career Services, said there are many reasons why graduates are having trouble finding jobs. “The economy would be my first answer,” said Neely-Morris. “And I hate to say this, but in Tyler, I’ve noticed, it’s gotten to be more about who you know.”

According to The National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 9.5 percent more new grads in 2011-12 than they did in 2010-11. Things may finally be looking up for graduates.

In 2010, the unemployment rate for recent grads was 12.6 percent. In 2011, however, the unemployment rate was only 9.6 percent. Although it isn’t the 4.8 percent that was seen in 2007, it is a start.

Felecia and the people at Career Services want to help students with preparing for their futures in careers.

“We have three different assessments that students can take,” said Neely Morris. “When they are done with assessments, they usually get a print-out that shows their personalities, values, and career interests that match up to what they answered.”

Career Services also offers free services such as individual career counseling, resume and cover letter assistance, interview preparation, and dress for success tips.

Career Services is located on the second floor of the Rogers Student Center in the Center for Student Life and Involvement Office. Their hours are 8 A.M.-5 P.M. Monday through Friday, and can be reached at (903)-510-2490.

Justin Frazier

Staff Writer

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