It’s the end of the 2011 fall semester for universities, which means thousands of recent grads will be flooding the job market. Studies show that many graduates worry about finding a job in today’s tough market.
Director of the University of South Carolina’s Career Center Tom Halasz says recent graduates are in luck because the current job market is better than it has been in recent years. Halasz says ,while some industries are hiring more than others, “There is not a field where there are no jobs available.”
USCs Career Center is an organization within the university that helps students determine what kind of career path they want to take, what college major they should choose, and what kind of job they are looking to have in the future.
According to Halasz, health, retail, information technology, accounting, and engineering fields are some of the job areas that have the most opportunities available for recent grads, but many grads just have the wrong mindset.
“You’d think students would be clamoring for these positions, but sometimes have internalized this idea that’s it’s going to be tough. It’s going to be so tough that maybe they don’t want to exert the effort,” says Halasz.
Halasz says those recent graduates who cannot find jobs in their desired field are finding work in other areas where they have the skills or interest. “This generation is more interested in the environment and public service than before,” he said, “And they’re pursuing those opportunities.”
The job market still isn’t great for recent graduates, but Halasz says he’s optimistic that the future looks bright for South Carolina’s job market.
South Carolina Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report