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Tough market worries seniors

April 27, 2012

With the dip in the economy that started the same time as the war, the job market has had the slimmest of pickings. Those going to graduate school seem to be less worried than those looking for employment.

According to senior John Cayton, his major choice is becoming a great advantage to him. He has applied to many non-profit organizations but has set plans to attend graduate school part-time in the fall at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis for a Master’s in Public Affairs in Nonprofit Management.

So far, Cayton has not had much trouble finding a job, but he admits to being in the early stages of looking for a job.

“My family has been very supportive and encouraging,” Cayton said, “so I am not currently worried, but if the clock gets ticking in late July and I have no leads, then yes, I will be getting concerned.”

Another senior in a similar situation is Jackie Deskovich an English and Classics double-major. Deskovich will be attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the fall, but so far is not worried about finding a career.

“That’s so far down the road that I am not allowing myself to worry about that quite yet- hopefully, the economy and the job market will be on their way up again.”

Not sharing Deskovich’s same sense of optimism is business major John Grzywa. Grzywa feels he is at a disadvantage with his major.

“Business is a very common major in the U.S., and it is difficult to stand out with such a common major,” Grzywa said.

At this point, Grzywa has applied to several banks, but has been told that those businesses are looking to hire right now, not at the end of May when Grzywa will have completed school.

Grzywa’s only regret about his time here at Monmouth College was spending three years as a music major before switching to business.

Jessica Landrey, a business major and economics minor is also worried about finding a job after graduation.

“It has been extremely hard [finding a job], because I have applied to about 50-60 places and haven’t heard much of anything yet.”

Landrey’s only advice to underclassmen is to start early.

“Make sure you find some sort of internship before you graduate to see if it’s really what you want to do. Also, start early when applying to graduate schools or careers after graduation.”

As different as each of these four seniors plans are for after graduation, many admitted to relying on professors or the Wackerle Career and Leadership Center for their post-graduation plans.

Stephanie Kinkaid, the program coordinator at the Wackerle Center, typically works with seniors looking for employment.

“Panic really sets in when the seniors realize they only have a few weeks left,” Kinkaid said.

The first step Kinkaid takes in helping graduating seniors is to complete or fix the student’s resume. She also recommends several job search engines such as iscpa.org, monster.com or simplyhired.com. There is also a bulletin with internship and job postings in Poling Hall.

“Think big,” said Kinkaid. “Look for a job in all areas of the country. The south, especially Texas, is offering the most jobs right now. And try things not in your job plan. Do not put any limits on yourself.”

According to Kinkaid, internships are the number one thing employers are looking for as well as study abroad work experience. Employers also like to see leadership opportunities and involvement. And Kinkaid also advises that it is never too late or too early to visit the Wackerle Center.

Stevie Croisant
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