New College Grads & The Job Market

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Shannon Wrede is graduating from Clarkson University on Saturday.

The mechanical engineering major says she feels fortunate to already have a job lined up.
 
"I'll be working for Lockheed Martin for one of their leadership programs," she said.
 
University officials say it's a strengthening but highly competitive job market that will greet 2013 college graduates looking to put their degrees to work earning a paycheck.

A national study by the Association of Colleges and Employers project companies plan to hire only about 2 percent more graduates this year than last.

"Most companies want to hire someone with not only the technical skills, but also the soft skills," said Jeff Taylor, Career Center director.
 
While the job market for college graduates remains highly competitive, we're told those grads likely to have the most success at landing a job are those with the flexibility to go wherever those jobs are located.

"I'm confident that I'll find some kind of job. I didn't know if it was going to be a job that I wanted to do," said Victoria Budnik, who was hired by IBM.
 
The majority of Clarkson graduates directly enter the workforce with the university boasting an average 96 percent placement rate.
 
Global Supply Management major Malcolm Lundy says it was only about a week ago that he was able to nail down a new job after an extensive search and a lot of worrying.
 
With graduating college seniors poised to flood the job market as they launch their career paths, what they may find still may not be robust enough to provide the ideal job situation.

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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