Em­ploy­ment: The Next Step Af­ter Grad­u­a­tion

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Grad­u­a­tion is an ex­cit­ing time in the lives of stu­dents. Af­ter years in the class­room pre­par­ing for life af­ter school, grad­u­a­tion marks a time when stu­dents are fi­nally ready to en­ter the ‘real world’ and land their first pro­fes­sional job.

The U.S. Bureau of La­bor Sta­tis­tics ad­vises that earn­ing a col­lege de­gree can greatly im­prove a per­son’s chance of land­ing a job. The more ed­u­ca­tion a per­son re­ceives, the lower his or her prospects of be­ing un­em­ployed be­come. The BLS said that, as of 2014, in­di­vid­u­als with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree could earn on av­er­age $1,101 per week, com­pared to $668 for per­sons with high school diplo­mas. Those with bach­e­lor’s de­grees had a 3.5 per­cent un­em­ploy­ment rate com­pared to 6 per­cent for those with only high school diplo­mas.

The Na­tional Cen­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Sta­tis­tics es­ti­mates that roughly two mil­lion stu­dents earn bach­e­lor’s de­grees each year. Many oth­ers will go on to earn mas­ter’s or doc­tor­ates be­fore en­ter­ing the work­force.

As the econ­omy con­tin­ues to im­prove, job prospects fol­low suit. Ac­cord­ing to a job out­look from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Col­leges and Em­ploy­ers, em­ploy­ers had plans to hire 8.3 per­cent more new col­lege grad­u­ates in 2015 than in 2014. The growth of busi­nesses and the ris­ing rate of re­tir­ing Baby Boomers has spurred em­ploy­ment prospects.

Land­ing a job post-grad­u­a­tion re­quires dili­gence on the part of new grads, and the fol­low­ing are a hand­ful of ways to make those pur­suits more suc­cess­ful.

• Hit the ground run­ning. It’s tempt­ing for re­cent grads to take the sum­mer off and have a lax ap­proach to job hunt­ing af­ter all of the hard work they put into their ed­u­ca­tion. But re­cent grads can get a head start on their com­pe­ti­tion by be­gin­ning their searches im­me­di­ately af­ter earn­ing their de­grees. Cre­ate a list of a few target com­pa­nies you have your eye on, and then tap into your net­work to find a con­tact at each com­pany and reach out to that con­tact di­rectly.

• Fo­cus on a ca­reer path. Prospective em­ploy­ers pre­fer that ap­pli­cants have some cer­tainty regarding the types of jobs they are look­ing for. Take a ca­reer as­sess­ment test or work with a ca­reer coun­selor to nar­row down the fields and po­si­tions that speak to you. Avoid the “I’m willing to do or learn any­thing” ap­proach to job ap­pli­ca­tions. Em­ploy­ers may see that as des­per­a­tion.

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