College graduates to face tough competition in finding first job

By: Trishna Begam Email
By: Trishna Begam Email

News 12 This Morning / Wednesday, April 26, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The working world that awaits college students this summer after they graduate may not be a welcoming one. Last year, a little more than half of bachelor degree holders were jobless or underemployed, according to an Associated Press report.

Artavia Zigler, a junior at Augusta State University, has one more semester to get through before she graduates.

"It can be scary knowing you went to school all those years and might not find a job right when you graduate," Zigler said.

Artavia's right -- 1 in 2 college graduates are jobless or underemployed in positions that don't use their skill set.

"It can be scary, but I mean I just feel like I''ll find a job, even if it's not directly related to my major," she said.

Amanda Boland, a career adviser at ASU, says the liberal arts often get a bad wrap when it comes time to talk about jobs.

Boland explained students majoring in liberal arts are usually looking to go on to higher education, like Ziglar, who's looking to go to graduate school to help her land a job later on.

"I know it will take more schooling and more determination," she said.

If you are getting ready to go to college, think about high-demand majors.

"Everything you read says computer science -- anything to do with computers -- you're going to have more opportunities," Boland added.

She also has some advice for parents.

"Sometimes we notice that parents don't always give the best advice," she said. "A resume today is not what it was 10 years ago."

Leave the fine-tuning of cover letters and resume to the experts at the career center, and with a changing economy, she has a big dose of reality for students.

"Knowing you are probably not going to get your dream job first out of college. Let's be real: That usually doesn't happen," Boland said.

On average, people switch careers four to five times. The career center at ASU offers assessments to help determine which field and major are right for you.


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