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Job Outlook For College Grads

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After working hard to get that college degree, local graduates are facing the next obstacle which is landing a job.  Some graduates aren't stressing though, they already had jobs lined up before they put on that cap and gown.

A little more than 3,000 Georgia Southern University students graduated this spring. Of those graduates, 936 of them responded to a survey about after school plans. 40% of those grads said they had fulltime employment lined up and another 30% said they planned on continuing education.

"The job outlook is getting better. We are seeing more job postings on our campus job board, we are seeing more employers come to campus, more employers participate in career fairs, and more students who are having opportunities upon graduation," said Acting Director of Career Services, Dr. Vince Miller.

The acting Director of Career Services for Georgia Southern University, Dr. Vince Miller, said while the hiring trend continues to be in engineering, financing, and business, other degrees are also attractive. 

"Belk for instance loves to hire out of liberal arts because of their writing and interpersonal skills they are developing and their critical thinking skills from some of the work they are doing as well," said Miller.

Dr. Miller said having experience is important in landing a job so you want to start early.

"Whether it be an internship, a co-op, go shadow professionals, take a summer job in between semesters that relates to your field of study," said Miller.

Dr. Miller said another indicator the job market is turning around is what some recent grads said they'll be making

"Our salaries are pretty competitive. For a first time entry level position, between $30,000 and $50,000 are students are starting out in," said Miller.

Most of the recent GSU grads who said they had jobs lined up found them right here in Georgia.


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