Many Graduates Taking First Job Offered After College Due to Economy

This year, more college graduates will go directly into jobs after graduation, according to a study done by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The rate of graduates with jobs waiting for them after graduation has increased from 19.7 percent to 24.4 percent, the study read.

In 2009, 40 percent of graduates were offered jobs, with 45 percent taking them. This year, 39 percent had job offers and nearly two-thirds accepted those offers.

According to a study by West Virginia University economists, the Morgantown economy has remained strong, posting a job growth rate of 0.7 percent during 2009 while most states’ economies saw job losses.

While the job market begins to rebound, finding a job can still be difficult. Mimi Collins, a spokeswoman for NACE said students should take advantage of their career resource centers.

“It’s an important resource and one of the only times in life that you’ll have something like this,” Collins said. “Finding a job, and I hate to use a cliche, is a job. Career centers will help you connect to employers, provide workshops to help you ready resumes and aid you in ways that you probably will never have again in the workforce.”

Collins said after hearing about the terrible job market for years, students are beginning to take what they are offered.

“There appears to be a greater awareness of the economic realities among this year’s graduates and greater flexibility in the types of jobs they will consider,” said Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, in a press release.

These numbers come on the heels of April’s job growth.

According to a report by the U.S. Government, April saw the largest employment gains since March 2006 with a total of 290,000 jobs added.

Another study released in 2008 by the U.S. Census Bureau placed West Virginia’s personal income per capita 49th among the 50 states at $29,537 per person.

Sarah Rotruck Glenn, assistant director of WVU Career Services said while the state does not have the job opportunities of larger metropolitan areas, it has many of its own.

“The state is seeing growth in the robotics, IT and government contract sectors, just to name a few,” Glenn said. “As a native West Virginian, I feel fortunate to live in a state that has allowed me to grow professionally while still affording me the benefits of small town life.”


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