Job Market Perks Up for College Graduates
The United States job market has shifted in favor of college graduates in 2017. With 74 percent — up from 67 percent in 2016 — of companies saying that they are willing to hire your talent straight out of college, this is the highest rate of fresh college grads employment in 10 years. According to a recent survey by CareerBuilder, there is a growing number of companies looking to hire recent graduates this year. Most of these employers are willing to offer recent grads full-time positions including career guidance, one on one mentorship programs, and focused training.
The general feeling is that recent college graduates are a hard working lot who provide a fresh perspective in the workforce. They are comfortable with various technological platforms and businesses need people who can exploit available technologies to help the company stay ahead of the competition.
According to Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, Tony Iannelli, this lot — which is mostly comprised of millennials — is bright. They know how to get businesses done electronically and understand social media, two very important aspects of technology. Students coming out of college are deep in students debts and are more than ready to kick start their careers. Companies are looking for new talent, a talent that can be shaped. Recent college graduates are the solution.
Real World Skills Needed
Many employers, despite their insistence on fresh out of college talent, raised their concerns about the amount of emphasis placed on book learning. 44 percent of employers are of the opinion that more real-world skills are needed. Besides a good GPA, employers are looking for people with good communication skills, problems solvers, and strong team players. On their resumes, college grads should emphasize on their interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills. They can recount their experience in athletics and other extra-curricular activities.
It’s Not Going to Be Easy, Though
Some employers are looking for candidates with a great work ethic. Millenials are good at multitasking, in addition to their knowledge in technology and computers. Despite the high demand for fresh talent, it does not mean that it’s going to be easy to secure employment as a recent grad.
Some majors will obviously get more attention that others, but most employers are willing to look beyond that and settle for candidates with good communication skills and the ability to improvise. The top three most marketable majors are business, computer and information sciences, and engineering.