Job outlook for college graduates better than in the past

Job outlook for college graduates better than in the past

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"Things are way better this year than they were back then, and they are a little bit better than they were last year," explained Career Services Director Russ Coughenour. "Things are way better this year than they were back then, and they are a little bit better than they were last year," explained Career Services Director Russ Coughenour.
"If I hadn't have started until maybe the end of my junior year, then there is no way I would have a job right now in the field I wanted to be in and the job that I want," said UT graduate Chelsea Koerten. "If I hadn't have started until maybe the end of my junior year, then there is no way I would have a job right now in the field I wanted to be in and the job that I want," said UT graduate Chelsea Koerten.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Fresh out of school, UT graduates say they're optimistic as they hunt for jobs.

May brings graduation season and a new crop of young people getting started on their careers. That's often a tough step, especially over the past few years.

Even though we've seen signs of improvement, the unemployment rate is still higher than before the recession.

The outlook is much better than it has been the last several years, and many new graduates say they are optimistic about the job search, even if they haven't landed a job yet.

But UT's Career Services department says it will still take a few more months before most students go to work.

"We are still recovering from that recession in the entry level job market," explained Career Services Director Russ Coughenour. "Things are way better this year than they were back then, and they are a little bit better than they were last year, so we're kind of on a steady incline ever since that October 2008 crisis."

That being said, most new graduates won't be heading to the office immediately.

"Not all the statistics are in yet. One of the common things people think is that all of our graduates are employed at graduation and that's not right. You know depending on the program, we have maybe 33-40% of the students will have jobs at graduation. Most of them are going to get their jobs in the next two to three to four months. We keep track up to six months after graduation," Coughenour added.

The ones who can say they've found jobs most likely started early.

"If I hadn't have started until maybe the end of my junior year, then there is no way I would have a job right now in the field I wanted to be in and the job that I want," said UT graduate Chelsea Koerten.

Not everyone is rushing in to the job market, opting instead for a few more years at school.

"I think a lot of the reason people go to grad school sometimes is to kind of delay the job search process, and medical school kind of gives you a pretty certain job prospect, so that's definitely one of the advantages," said graduate Brooke Watson.

Graduates entering the job field are reaping additional benefits of the recovering economy.

According to Career Services, starting salaries are up about three or four percent from last year.

Career Services also said graduates in certain career fields, such as engineering and accounting, are finding jobs sooner than others.

UT also has the Hire a Vol website, where students and employers can search for and post available positions.

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