Local college grads up against tough employment odds

7:49 PM, May 13, 2010   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- It's hard enough for those with experience to find new jobs, let alone being a college graduate entering their desired field.

Careerbuilder.com went looking for the best cities in the nation to settle into a career. They ranked cities based on the cost of rent, balanced with the average entry-level salary. They said Atlanta tops the list, followed by Phoenix, Denver, Dallas, Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Los Angeles.

The Twin Cities is nowhere close. There's a sense of urgency at local colleges, including the University of St. Thomas.

"Tomorrow is our last class and finals end friday of next week," senior Anna Kramer said.

It's a combination of waiting and focusing.  

"I'm not really sure what exactly I want to do," senior Devin Capiz said.

Jennifer Kaysen Rogers, the Employer Relations Specialist at the University of St. Thomas says last year's job outlook was grim. That's not exactly the case this year. 

"It is thawing out, that's what I'd like to say, definitely thawing out," Rogers said.

Rogers says students should be open to different opportunities if they can't land a full-time position. Internships, graduate school or working with groups like AmeriCorps are options.

"I'm actually going to Europe this summer, backpacking around, and working for AmeriCorps next year," Kramer said.

"I do not have a job, staring in July, I'm going to physical therapy school at U or M," senior Krista Henshue said. 

Rogers says that the IT field, as well as Accounting and Engineering are on the rise again. However she said marketing and sales are the hot jobs now.

"That makes sense doesn't it?" Rogers said. "If you're trying to build a business or come back after a recession, who do you need the most? Marketing and sales people."

Over 700 job interviews happen at St. Thomas a year, through the career development website, which can catapult the right student.

"These are actual first round interviews," Rogers said. 

Among those is senior Tom Gubash, who finally has a job offer after at least ten interviews. He started his job search last October.

"I got an offer two months ago," Gubash said. "I'm pretty fortunate to get the offer. I worked hard, I had a couple
internships during school."

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