Study: Graduates Face Bleak Job Market Despite Improvement
Graduation at the University
of Virginia is this weekend. Although
the job market seems to be improving, that may not translate into employment
for recent graduates.
Some already have jobs
lined up but for most people, that's not the case. A new study shows recent grads are crossing the stage into a sea
Georgia Spence is facing a
harsh reality along with many of her classmates: she doesn't have a job lined
up after she graduates.
"I'm definitely going
to find a temporary job just so I can pay the bills and then hopefully move on
to something I'm interested in," Spence said.
A recent survey shows 41
percent of workers who graduated in the past two years are underemployed or
working jobs that don't require college degrees.
The research also shows 63
percent say they need additional training - something Spence can relate to.
"I'm probably going
to get an internship first because I don't have that much hands-on experience
in the archaeology field," Spence said.
Spence isn't alone; her
roommate's job search paints a picture of the tough job market many will soon
"He's done so many
interviews, final interviews and even with his capstone project with that
company, he was hoping to get an offer with them and that didn't pull through,
so now he's decided to stay in Charlottesville, continue his job at the
bookstore until hopefully he can find an engineering job," Spence said.
While many recent grads
may not get their ideal job right off the bat, Elizabeth Bouldin-Clopton from
the Virginia Workforce
employment center says it's important not to lose sight of your goals.
"Sometimes we tell
people to volunteer in the field to keep your hand in. If you really are
looking for a career in a specific field, keep working toward that goal. Don't
lose sight of it," Bouldin-Clopton said.
Bouldin-Clopton also says
that students should do their research before entering a certain field of study
to see how likely it is for them to secure a job after graduation.
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