The state of the United States economy – and resulting lack of jobs – have made it difficult for college students to be positive about the future. Things are finally looking up, however, especially for many recent college graduates.
Businessweek recently reported that the number of 2011 graduates being hired has finally gone up. Although the increase is partially due to companies having a good year, a lot of the credit should fall on the students. Recognizing the competitiveness of the current job market, many students adjusted their education options while finishing school in order to develop extra skills to put them ahead of the pack in the job hunt.
One of the trends: students took classes outside of their majors that they could use to their advantage when they were ready to jump into the job market. Despite the good fortune that 2011 graduates are experiencing, however, graduates from 2009 and 2010 are still having difficulty securing jobs. Many companies prefer to opt for recent college graduates for the new entry-level jobs that have become available.
Nevertheless, the slight increase is encouraging and offers a glimmer of hope for many students currently entering their last year of undergraduate study.
Furthermore – and in also regards to jobs in the United States - President Barack Obama recently addressed increasing job opportunities and security, primarily for the middle class. He emphasized a labor movement that needs to be worked out within Congress to create jobs and help get most Americans back to work.
“The time for Washington games is over. The time for action is now. No more manufactured crises. No more games. Now is not the time for the people you sent to Washington to worry about their jobs; now is the time for them to worry about your jobs,” the president said on Monday.
The urgency is apparent and necessary, but it looks as though 2011 will see a bit of an increase in career opportunities.