What’s Next for the Class of 2012?
On May 10th, Temple celebrated the 125th commencement at Liacouras Center. This is the biggest year yet for Temple with more than 8,600 undergraduate, graduate, and first professional degrees. I would like personally to congratulate all the new graduates for making this great accomplishment. They all worked hard for the past few years and in the end they are now the Class of 2012! What is the next step for most new graduates? It is to find a job.
Under this economy, the unemployment rate for recent college graduates under the age of 25 is 9% and has shown little or no improvement. According to an 2011 analysis of the Census Bureau data, about 53.6%(1.5 million) of students graduating with bachelor’s degrees last year were jobless or underemployed. This statistics is terrifying for many of the 2012 college graduates including Temple students.
As undergraduates, we all choose our major and when we graduate we wish to apply all that knowledge into the real world. However according to Diane Knich, who wrote an article on The Post and Courier, recent college graduates are struggling to find jobs in their field. The fact is that recent graduates have no experience in their profession and at the end of the day they have to find any job to pay the debt from college. This is really frustrating if you are not able to find a job that you went to school hoping to get.
Yet, everyone should not panic and be worried. Margot Camichael wrote the article Recession Job Search Tips for New Graduates on Monster.com and gave out some useful tips that I strongly encourage students to follow: Think Broadly, Act Globally, Do your Research, Be Productive, Get Help, and Stay Positive.
I hope all the recent graduates right now are not too excited and forget that their journey has just started. You have little time to relax and you must be active in your job search. Congratulations again and best of luck on looking for that dream job!
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