College Graduates Face Improved Job Market

By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
NJ Today

It’s college graduation time — a time for graduates to celebrate the fruits of their labor after four (or more) years of hard work. But it’s also a time for them to face that next chapter in life, working for a living. The good news is job prospects for the class of 2013 appear to be better than in previous years.

“It’s been a robust job market for students enrolled in science, technology and engineering disciplines,” said Gregory Mass, the executive director of Career Development Services at New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Case in point, NJIT student Andrew Lam, who had to choose whether he wanted to accept a job with Google or another big employer. “I was glad to have two different offers so I can choose where I want to go in my career,” said Lam. His story isn’t unusual. NJIT officials say at graduation time more than half their students have job offers in hand.

Another sign the job market has improved is there has been an increase in the number of recruiters participating at college job fairs. “We’re seeing an uptick in the amount of recruiting activity,” said Mass. “It’s up by 20 percent. That translates into full-time job offers for our candidates.”

Director of the Career Center at Seton Hall University, Reesa Greenwald, tells a similar story. “Entry-level jobs are available,” said Greenwald. She’s found that students that have done internships are finding more success at landing a job.