For most college graduates, it’s recommended they send out 10-15 applications for employment per day. Thankfully employment rates for grads are up 2%, but those that aren’t finding jobs in their field may decide to hit the books once more.
“We’ve got your traditional age college students, we’ve got people who’ve got their Bachelor’s Degree already who thought they would be able to find a job with that Bachelor’s Degree and they’re getting entry level into their career and they’re not finding those careers that maybe their degree was in,” said Steve Gustis, Manager of Career Services at College of DuPage. “So, they’re coming back to places like College of DuPage to gain a new set of skills.”
Reasons why fresh-out-of-college applicants are overlooked include, spelling errors on applications, weak backgrounds in math and science, and the belief that they aren’t trained properly and are not prepared for the workforce.
Employment areas with the greatest demands are business, engineering, computer sciences, health and medicine, and accounting. There are also options for those who choose to pursue an education in a trade or at the Associate level.
“A couple of the areas that we know are hot right now are manufacturing, culinary, and truck driving. COD has a great brand new truck-driving program and those students are getting hired out of the program and that program I believe is six to eight weeks,” Gustis added.
The Career Service Manager has one recommendation for students no matter what age or level of education they are pursuing.
“We’re encouraging people from the time they come in the door to College of DuPage, if they’re here on an admissions visit even, we are talking to them about internships and how to build experience,” said Gustis.
He says volunteering at local non-for-profit, gaining experience in customer service, and getting career training experience through internships will look good on a resume, boosting chances of employment after graduation.
NCTV17's Ashley Vroman Reports.