Comparing your school’s job market statistics with Drew’s

May 3, 2012 at 8:00 am | Posted in Job market | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

A recent New York Times magazine article, called “Hello, Cruel World,” focused on the career status of 226 Drew graduates in the class of 2011 seven months after graduation. Located in Madison, NJ, Drew, which has a prestigious Wall Street internship program, ranks 94th among 178 private liberal arts colleges, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s annual list.  On a national level, unemployment among recent liberal-arts graduates is at 9.4%, higher than the national average. At Drew 17% of the NYT’s sample (226 students) of the class of 2011 is unemployed. Compare some of the following statistics and stories from Drew with your own institution and see how your students rate:

  • Statistics:  39% have full-time jobs, including six who have both full- and part-time jobs. 35% of students who are employed part-time have two or more jobs. 34% of jobs involve food service, retail, customer service, clerical or unskilled work. Employment by industry, including part-time jobs and internships, ranks from highest in Recreation and Hospitality down to Education, Finance, Nonprofit, Media, Retail, and lastly to lowest, Health. 22% of students are in graduate school.  The most popular graduate school program is Education, followed by Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing/Midwifery; Psychology and Social Work; Accounting, Business, and Marketing; Liberal Art, Sciences, and Law.
  • Internships:  74% of students who are interning are unpaid.  For one Drew student it paid off. Alex B writes, “A lot of it just came down to networking skills. I knew it was going to be hard, so I did a lot of internships. The best thing to do is to have them like you, to keep in contact during the year and hang out with them. I knew the job was there before I graduated. It comes down to networking well and knowing who you need to maintain relationships with when you’re not there.” Alex is now employed as a trainee at his former internship site in contrast to another classmate who turned down an unpaid internship at a law firm, saying “if you can’t afford to pay me $10 an hour, you don’t deserve to be in business.” She’s unemployed.
  • Entrepreneurial options:  A number of Drew graduates ended up in entrepreneurial pursuits.  Though it wasn’t in her plan, one graduate took a job in a friend’s holistic pet-food store and discovered that more money was being poured into pet care since the economy went bad. “Eventually,” she says, “I hope to start my own grooming business.”  Another graduate, a nutrition major, opened her own practice offering colonics-based nutritional treatments. “I started out making $100 an hour. I never thought I’d be able to make this business succeed—it’s such an off-label product—but it’s doing really well, and I’m looking to expand within the year.”

Starting 2012 on a bright note for interns and graduating seniors

January 23, 2012 at 8:25 am | Posted in Job market | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

The labor market continues to improve. The U.S. added 200,000 jobs in December, while the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, the lowest rate since February 2009. The picture improves for internships, too, as new trends emerge in 2012. More and more internships are being paid, more internships are leading to jobs, and new innovative strategies generate more internships.

Here’s how:

  • Paid internships:  The Chicago Transit Authority offers a full-time, paid internship in Technology & Resource Management. It provides seniors or graduate students with hands-on, real-world experience, enabling interns to integrate and utilize knowledge and skills from the classroom and to discover where further competencies are needed. Major: Technology, Management, Tele-Communication (Communication Engineering), Business, Finance, Planning, Policy. Here’s a promising internship found on Internships.com for Commodity Trader at Norman International in Houston, TX. There are 5 full-time, paid positions at Norman, a privately held energy company with a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy subsidiaries.  Interns will market a portfolio of petroleum and natural gas derivatives to maximize sales revenues, work with a range of clients, develop service and maintain a book of clients in the energy industry. Suggest that your students browse through the thousands of listings to find other paid internships.
  • Internships into jobs:  President Obama on Dec. 31 signed a bill that seeks to encourage federal agencies to hire more interns into full-time jobs. The Federal Internship Improvement Act, which was attached to the National Defense Authorization Act, requires the Office of Personnel Management to create and maintain a centralized database of people who have finished, or are just about to finish, internships with federal agencies and are looking for full-time federal jobs. That database will contain job seekers’ names, contact information and relevant skills. The amendment also requires agencies to appoint an internship coordinator, and to conduct exit interviews and surveys with outgoing interns. Agencies will be required to send a report on how many interns took part in an internship program over the last year along with demographic and educational material. Those reports also must describe the work interns did, how the internship programs used mentors, and how agencies are recruiting new interns and taking steps to offer more interns permanent federal jobs.
  • Innovative Strategy: A pro-active professor at Ivy Tech in Indiana utilizes the local media to help his students find internships. He recently wrote an article promoting Ivy Tech students as excellent internship material and asking businesses to contact him to arrange internships consisting of 144 flexible hours of accounting or similar work. He also listed the students’ education and skills. “Any type of business with some in-house accounting is ideal for our interns and can be a great asset to your business. We have had students work in local CPA firms, banks, multiple for profit business, hospitals and municipal government centers.” He ended the piece with a clear call for action. “Please help our students obtain this important piece of their education by offering internships. If you’d like more information or would be willing to interview students for potential internships anywhere in East Central Indiana, contact Kevin Veneskey, CPA, accounting.

Tracking trends to help your students

December 22, 2011 at 11:54 am | Posted in Job market | 3 Comments
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

The U.S. is experiencing three jobs crises at once, according to Harvard labor economist Lawrence Katz. The first jobs crisis is the one driven by the steep drop in aggregate demand of goods and services. The second one—long-term unemployment—grows out of the first. The third crisis flows from the merger of globalization and the I.T. revolution. As a career services professional, you can help advise your students on how to navigate these trends and maximize their education to compete in the changing employment picture.

Here are several trends to track:

  • Consulting:  Consulting is among the most popular career choices. Pulin Sanghvi, a former McKinsey consultant who runs the career office at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, says, “It’s especially useful if you don’t know exactly what you want to do.”  The top consulting firms hire people from nearly every type of graduate school, ranging from law schools to medical school, public-policy schools or other non-business schools. After they are hired, consultants parachute into big companies, often meeting with top executives who are decades older. Companies also tend to outsource corporate strategy issues to bright young consultants.
  • Externships:  Many schools are developing these programs. At MIT the Externship Program, started in 1997, matches students with MIT alums for a one-month work experience over Independent Activities Period in January. Students apply through the Alumni Association website, and externship sponsors review the applicants for compatibility with the position. The sponsors then send back a list of qualified students to generate matches.  This year, a record number of 294 MIT students will be participating in the Externship Program. Last year, a student who took an Externship at Bank of America in January received a summer internship and now has a full-time job offer.
  • Partnerships:  Robert W. Goldfarb, a New York management consultant, interviewed 85 recent college graduates about their success in finding jobs, according to a NYT’s article. Only 5 had found jobs in their career fields. Managers who used to favor new graduates with fresh ideas now choose older employees who make fewer missteps than recent grads. Goldfarb’s solution is to encourage partnerships between recent grads and the companies they hope will employ them. He suggests that corporations invest in training and developing young professionals even if there isn’t an immediate opening. They could be hired as salaried trainees and given 3-6 months to prove their value in various assignments.
  • Global opportunities:  Europe’s leading multi-material packaging manufacturer, LINPAC Packaging, is offering two new internships to undergraduates or recent graduates looking to kick start their career with an innovative manufacturing company. The food packaging company, which has sites across the world, is offering the paid placements during 2012 with flexible start dates and working periods. The successful applicants will work with the central innovation team on two key projects, gaining a greater understanding of today’s manufacturing industry and developing new skills. For more international internship opportunities, browse through the thousands listed on Internships.com.

Finding paid internships for your students

December 20, 2011 at 8:07 am | Posted in Finding internships, Job market | Leave a comment
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Coach Susan Sandberg

Susan Sandberg

As the recession drags on, more and more financially strapped students want and need to have paid internships. Fortunately, more and more organizations are finding funds to pay interns. Although the compensation might be small, a paid internship boosts student morale as well as income.

The following tips offer new directions for paid internships:

  • Sponsorships at nonprofits:  Traditionally, nonprofit organizations have not offered many paid internships. But that’s changing. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, has received support from the Tucker Foundation since 1997, funding between 3 and 5 interns each year. Summerfield Johnston, whose family operates the Tucker Foundation, believes the fund supports work that benefits both the institution and the intern. Through their research, programming, writing, and other activities, the interns’ work benefits not only the museum, but each student’s life work as well. When exploring paid internships in nonprofit organizations, look for sponsorships that fund internships.
  • Paid internships with low number of applicants:  If students haven’t selected a major, you might guide them into fields where internships are paid, and they can sample potential concentrations based on their qualifications. Cal State Fullerton’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and concentrations in the College of Business and Economics have a large number of paid internships that are available and a low number of applicants. These  areas of study have a low number of applicants because they do not require students to complete an internship to graduate. There are currently 22 interns in engineering, three in accounting and four in finance. Engineering, accounting and finance seem to have the highest paying internships.
  • International internship sites:  With a shortage of experienced IT workers in New Zealand and the competition to recruit them increasing, Sky City Entertainment Group is hoping its new internship program will help it secure young IT talent while providing interns with much needed real world experience. The internship will involve a year-long, paid position in the Sky City IT team, with candidates being provided internal and external training in system management, system support and delivery, and systems integration. Sky City has 5 locations across Australia and New Zealand. Employment by Sky City at the end of the internship is not guaranteed, but the work experience will benefit the interns in securing IT jobs in the future.

Internships.com search:  There are now over 56,000 internships in nearly 30,000 companies in 7,500 cities listed on the site. Instruct your students to enter Paid under Compensation when searching for an internship and see what comes up. For example, InfoScroll in New Jersey offers 18 part-time, paid entry level Account Manager Internships with Residual Income. This virtual internship requires fewer than 10 hours per week. Interns assist in setting up local restaurants and other businesses with Free Advertising on InfoScroll. In Redmond, Washington, a paid Journalism Intern will perform multiple tasks for a condominium association, including writing a monthly newsletter that goes out to 770 homeowners.  Tell your students that the word is out:  Paid is in.

Helping students cope in a weak job market

July 26, 2011 at 7:00 am | Posted in Job market | Leave a comment

Susan Sandberg

The Journal Sentinel recently reported on a UW-Madison graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering, who has moved back home and is working as a prep cook in a café. She did not do an internship. Her story is all too common. Here’s how the employment picture looks, according to the article, and what you can do to help your students:

  • Few signs of improvement:  While there have been some modest signs of improvement over the past few months, statistics show the employment situation for college graduates and other young adults remains difficult in the aftermath of the recession. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate among 20- to 24-year-olds rose steadily from 8.2% in 2007 to 15.5% in 2010. It has improved slightly over the last few months, to 14.5% in June.
  • Lack of jobs:  “We’re suffering from this complete lack of job creation in the country,” said Andrew Sum, a professor and director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. Employers haven’t been searching out new employees because they don’t need them, Sum said. “A lot of older workers have stayed on, and quit rates are down,” he said. While 74% of new college graduates say they have jobs, only 65% of those employed say their job requires a college degree, Sum said.
  • The right major and top grades:  The type of degree makes a difference. Experts say students who majored in engineering, health, business, and computer science are tending to fare better in the job search. Carolyn Heinrich, director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW-Madison, said government agencies have been tentative, and while her top students are still getting hired, the second tier of well-qualified students is having trouble finding work.
  • Internships:  One move that enhances a college student’s chance of finding a job after graduation is getting an internship – particularly a paid internship, said Edwin Koc, director of strategic and foundation research at the National Association of Colleges and Employers. In 2011, Koc said, 60% of paid interns working with for-profit companies received job offers compared with 38% of people with unpaid internships, according to the organization’s 2011 Student Survey. Students should start looking for fall internships now. Internships.com has nearly 48,000 internships listed in over 21,000 companies in more than 1,800 U.S. cities.
  • Recommendation letters / professional portfolio:  Remind your students who are interning this summer to obtain letters of recommendation from their supervisors as well as from any other staff members with whom they worked. These letters should be on company letterhead. Also, students should collect materials from every project on which they worked to build a professional portfolio. If students wait until after their internships are over, they might find it difficult to get the proper documentation that will help them secure future internships and jobs.

Guiding your students on the new career strategy

July 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Job market | Leave a comment
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Susan Sandberg

Thomas L. Friedman’s recent column in The New York Times, “The Start-Up of You,” notes the rise in the unemployment rate last month to 9.2 percent, but sees a different solution to the unemployment problem than the cure-alls proposed by Democrats or Republicans. Friedman says that “something new — something that will require our kids not so much to find their next job as to invent their next job — is also influencing today’s job market more than people realize.”  The following points may help your students to restructure their career strategy:

  • The dynamic companies that are hiring, Facebook, Twitter, Groupon, Zynga, and LinkedIn, don’t employ many people relative to their valuations and are largely looking for talented engineers, which leaves out many jobseekers. Also, these fast-growing Internet-social networking companies tend to steal the best employees from one another before going to the open market.
  • Employers today are more productive because they deploy more automation technologies, software, outsourcing, and robotics, resulting in reduced head count, health care, and pension liabilities. Friedman emphasizes that is not going to change. The companies that are hiring want people “who not only have the critical thinking skills to do the value-adding jobs that technology can’t, but also people who can invent, adapt and reinvent their jobs every day, in a market that changes faster than ever.”
  • He says today’s college grads need to be aware that the rising trend in Silicon Valley is to evaluate employees every quarter, not annually. Because the merger of globalization and the I.T. revolution means new products are being phased in and out so fast that companies cannot afford to wait until the end of the year to figure out whether a team leader is doing a good job.
  • Employers are applying new criteria:  Can this person add value every hour, every day — more than a worker in India, a robot or a computer? Can he or she help my company adapt by not only doing the job today but also reinventing the job for tomorrow? And can he or she adapt with all the change, so my company can adapt and export more into the fastest-growing global markets?
  • Friedman recommends a new book coming out around the end of the year called “The Start-Up of You” co-authored by Reid Garrett Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, and Ben Casnocha. Hoffman says, “No career is a sure thing anymore. The uncertain, rapidly changing conditions in which entrepreneurs start companies is what it’s now like for all of us fashioning a career. Therefore you should approach career strategy the same way an entrepreneur approaches starting a business.”
  • The new career strategy means using your network to pull in information and intelligence about where the growth opportunities are — and then investing in yourself to build skills that will allow you to take advantage of those opportunities. Hoffman adds: “You can’t just say, ‘I have a college degree, I have a right to a job, now someone else should figure out how to hire and train me.’ ” You have to know which industries are working and what is happening inside them and then “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”  He urges perseverance, too, citing the fact that the founder of Pandora pitched his idea more than 300 times to V.Cs with no luck.

How to network and turn an internship into a job

June 21, 2011 at 8:00 am | Posted in Job market | 1 Comment
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Internships often lead to jobs, according to results of a new survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Employers responding to the organization’s 2011 Internship & Co-op Survey reported that an average of 39% of their entry-level hires from the Class of 2010 were harvested from their own internship programs. The respondents reported converting, on average, 58% of their interns into full-time hires, the highest rate since the association started tracking the statistic in 2001. Encourage your student interns to practice the following effective networking tips, so they can be part of that 58%:

  • Many interns may be embarrassed to ask how to network and meet people, so you could compile a list of ideas to help out. Advise them to act friendly, smile, and say hello to everyone at work.  If people don’t respond to them in an enthusiastic manner, they shouldn’t take it personally. That individual might be in a bad mood because of personal  problems. A pleasant greeting might cheer him/her up. Remind your students that networking means interacting with other employees, not sitting at a computer and networking online. Fellow employees are the best sources of new job information. It’s important to create a friendly relationship before asking for an insider’s viewpoint on  how to land a full-time position in the company.
  • Your intern students may think that they have nothing to talk about and hesitate to start a conversation. Assure your students that the best way to start a conversation is not to talk about themselves, but to ask the other person about himself/herself. Suggest questions such as, “How long have you worked here?” “Where would you recommend as a place to eat lunch?” “Did you see the Miami Heat beat the Boston Celtics last night?” People feel friendly towards those who show enough interest to ask questions and then listen attentively—cell phones turned off—to the answer.
  • Most companies have lots of non-work related activities that help interns meet people and build networks, especially in the summer. When the company has a picnic, outing to a ball game, speakers’ series or in-house sports teams, encourage your interns to get involved.  Another source of networking may be in the Human Resources department, where interns can get involved in social service activities or volunteer work.
  • Since most student interns are novices at developing networks in professional environments, they might benefit from a few cautionary words. Although going out drinking with co-workers sounds like fun, interns should proceed slowly. A sure way to ruin one’s reputation is to get drunk and become the subject of office gossip. Another red flag is the dating scene. Many companies frown on intra-office dating, so suggest that your interns wait until they finish their internships to pursue romantic interests. Meanwhile, they can make friends who might recommend them for full-time positions.

Guiding your students to fastest growing jobs

May 6, 2011 at 10:26 am | Posted in Job market | 1 Comment
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Susan Sandberg

CNNMoney reports a pickup of 216,000 jobs in March. The unemployment rate dropped to 8.8%, an entire percentage point lower than it was four months ago. Your students may want to know what are the hottest job growth areas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs with Bachelor’s Degree

1. Biomedical EngineersBiomedical engineers design, develop and evaluate devices, for example artificial organs, prostheses and instrumentation, and procedures, such as medical information systems and health management and care delivery systems.

2. Network Systems and Data Communications AnalystsNetwork systems and data communications analysts design and evaluate network systems, for example, local area networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), and Internet systems.

3. Financial ExaminersFinancial examiners ensure that banks and financial institutions comply with the laws and regulations that govern them. They also make certain financial and real estate transactions are in compliance with laws and regulations.

4. Athletic TrainersAthletic trainers treat injured athletes and other individuals. They also teach people how to prevent injuries. Employment of athletic trainers is projected to grow by 37% through 2018.

5. Computer Applications Software EngineersComputer applications software engineers use different programming languages to design, construct and maintain software and specialized utility programs. They analyze users’ needs in order to do this.

6. Environmental EngineersEnvironmental engineers use engineering principles to solve environmental problems such as pollution. Employment of environmental engineers is projected to grow by 31% through 2018.

7. Computer Systems Software EngineersComputer systems software engineers build and maintain companies’ computer systems and plan their future growth. We can expect to see a 30% increase in the employment in this field through 2018.

8. Survey ResearchersSurvey researchers design or conduct surveys about people and their opinions. Employment in this field is expected to increase by 30% through 2018.

9. Personal Financial AdvisorsPersonal financial advisors help people make investment decisions. There is expected to be a 30% increase in employment in this field through 2018.

10. Market Research AnalystsMarket research analysts conduct research and analyze data in order to help companies determine what products and services to sell, how much to charge for them and where and how to sell them.

 

Top 10 Fastest Growing Jobs with Post-Secondary Training or Associate’s Degree

1. Skin Care SpecialistsSkin care specialists treat their clients’ skin by giving facials, full body treatments and head and neck massages.

2. Dental HygienistsDental hygienists provide preventative dental care and teach patients how to maintain good oral health.

3. Veterinary Technologists and TechniciansVeterinary technologists and technicians assist veterinarians by conducting clinical and laboratory procedures in private clinics and animal hospitals.

4. Physical Therapist AssistantsPhysical therapist assistants (PTAs) perform a variety of tasks under the direction and supervision of physical therapists. These tasks include helping patients perform exercises, giving massages and administering electric stimulation.

5. Environmental Engineering TechniciansEnvironmental engineering technicians assist environmental engineers in solving environmental problems, including pollution.

6. Occupational Therapist AssistantsOccupational therapist assistants help clients with activities and exercises specified in a treatment plan developed with occupational therapists.

7. Fitness Trainers and Aerobics InstructorsFitness trainers lead, motivate and instruct people in exercise activities. There is expected to be a 29% increase in the employment of fitness trainers through 2018.

8. Environmental Science and Protection TechniciansEnvironmental science and protection technicians, working under the direction of environmental scientists, monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution by performing laboratory and field tests.

9. Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Mechanics and InstallersHeating, air conditioning and refrigeration mechanics and installers, commonly called HVAC technicians, install, maintain and repair heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems.

10. Paralegals and Legal AssistantsParalegals, sometimes called legal assistants, help lawyers with a variety of tasks, including preparing for trials, hearings and closings, doing research, and drafting legal documents.

Searching for internships for your students? Northwestern Mutual has 2,500

April 14, 2011 at 9:30 am | Posted in Job market | 7 Comments
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Susan Sandberg

Business news sources recently, ranging from the Baltimore Business Journal to topix.com, businesswire.com and biz.yahoo.com and more, are buzzing about the announcement that Northwestern Mutual will hire 2,500 financial representative interns from colleges and universities nationwide this year. The Milwaukee-based financial services firm said the large number of internships results from “increased demand from Americans who seek financial guidance.” The following information may help you decide if you should recommend that your students apply:

  • Who is Northwestern Mutual? Northwestern Mutual has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 150 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual shares, where possible, its gains with policy owners and delivers consistent and dependable value to clients over time. Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions, including life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services.
  • Northwestern Mutual’s rationale: “This generation witnessed the impact of unprecedented financial turmoil and as a result, they appreciate the importance of financial planning and they’re taking action,” said Michael Van Grinsven, Northwestern Mutual field internship director. “Instead of waiting, more young adults are addressing their long-term financial futures.” Applicants can visit Northwestern Mutual’s website or contact a Northwestern Mutual office to learn more about internships.
  • Top Ranking:  Northwestern Mutual offers one of the top 10 internships in the country, according to the 2011 Vault Guide to Internships. The annual Vault study measures mentorship and career advancement opportunities, number of active interns, compensation, intern feedback and unique appeal. For 15 straight years, Northwestern Mutual’s program has been recognized by Vault for providing interns with opportunities for personal and professional growth, valuable training and real-world experiences with a respected financial security company. More than 31,000 students across the country have participated in Northwestern Mutual’s internship program since its inception in 1967.
  • Internship options:  Northwestern Mutual offers a wide selection of internships all over the country from New York City to Omaha, NE.  Internships may be paid or unpaid, fulltime or part-time, or for college credit. Many interns start full-time in the summer and continue working part-time through the rest of their college careers. Throughout the internship experience, students have access to Northwestern Mutual mentors and joint-work programs to support intern development.
  • What former interns sayAndres Baltazar, a 2007 DePaul University graduate and former Northwestern Mutual intern, now manages a successful financial practice in Skokie, Il, helping hundreds of clients each year. “When I attended DePaul, I wanted an internship where I could make an impact on people’s lives,” said Baltazar. “You don’t get people coffee; you help people achieve financial security, and that kind of opportunity to make a difference is so rare for students today.” The Northwestern Mutual website also offers videos by former interns Meghan and Ron, which may interest your students.
  • How internships.com can help:  You’ll find many excellent opportunities listed on the site for Northwestern Mutual. For example, there is a fulltime, paid with college credit required internship in Saint Petersburg, FL. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 college credits. Another listing is for a part-time internship in mid-town Manhattan. Again, internships.com can help if housing is a problem. Your students can follow a link to Educational Housing Services (EHS) that offers off-campus residences for students and interns in New York City. The EHS motto is Live Like a New Yorker, which should appeal to many students.

Economic News to Cheer About

April 12, 2011 at 8:35 am | Posted in Job market | Leave a comment
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Stacie Stormer

Has all of the recent bad news been bringing you down? It has for me. In particular, I have been exhausted by the string of negative economic news. For many of our students, it seems, all they have ever known is negative economic news. So, I searched for some news to lift my spirits and this is what I found:

  • Planned private sector layoffs are down. In fact, according to a recent report released by Challenger Gray and Christmas, downsizing has not declined this much in the first quarter of a year since 1995.
  • Employers are planning to hire more employees and interns. In surveys of employers conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers plan to hire 13.5% more bachelor degree graduates and 7% more interns for 2010-11 than they hired in 2009-10.
  • There are industries that are growing (12 in fact). It is widely known that industries such as healthcare and computer systems design are growing, but did you know that performing arts and sports, metals manufacturing and transportation grew in 2010? In this forbes.com article, you may be surprised by the other industries that also grew in 2010.

As career advisors, counselors and coaches, we often play the role of the “cheerleader” for students. Perhaps like me, remaining optimistic has been challenging at times. However, this recent news does give us something to genuinely cheer about! What do you think?

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