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Data shows promising job prospects for upcoming, recent college graduates – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

This weekend, thousands of college students will take to the stage in opening ceremonies across North Texas.

Despite the pandemic, those students will also enter a more promising job market.

“Our graduates certainly have a bright future,” said Nicole Philip, VP of Employer Relations at Lockheed Martin Career Development Center at UT Arlington. “The market is hot. Lots of opportunities. I definitely recommend being open-minded as there are some very competitive opportunities out there. So use the career center, we’re here to help. “

Philip and her team are busy matching employers with college graduates and job-ready internship candidates.

“We are here to help current students and alumni,” says Keith Sherwood, an employer outreach specialist. “Your career search may not always be linear. You may already have a job and are thinking of a change. It’s never too late to tweak your resume, it’s never too late. It’s too late to go in and learn how to talk about the transferable skills you have if you’re considering changing industries.”

UT Arlington is just one of a number of major universities hosting graduation ceremonies across North Texas this weekend. Approximately 5,400 UTA students are expected to graduate including 91 doctoral candidates, up 40% from last year.

Many students who pause graduation in 2020 are moving on to 2021. And there’s reason to believe they could have an easier time job hunting around this time.

National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2022 reported projects on university recruitment increasing 30% in the next 6 months. The report also shows that employers plan to hire 26.6% more new graduates from the class of May 2022 than the class of May 2021.

Based on NACE, their data seems to be consistent with overall job opening trends. With job opportunities in excess of 10 million and Unemployment is currently below 5%., employers are looking for candidates in a very competitive labor market.

“I think students are in a really good position going into fall 2021, not only to find a good career, but to find a career they want to be in for a long time,” said Sherwood.

The UTA’s career center report shows a significant increase in the number of jobs and internships posting now compared to last year.

“[Companies] “They’re looking at college graduates who have top-notch education who don’t have a degree and can quickly go into the job and pick it up,” Sherwood said. “They’re increasingly realizing that’s a place they want to be. And we found that in the employer outreach team that I’m working with, where recruiters are reaching out every day, dozens of recruiters want to be able to connect with students. ”

Labor shortages have increased demand for workers, especially in the education and health sectors.

However, competition for positions is strong in other areas.

“Technical skills are in high demand, perhaps never higher,” says Sherwood. So it’s not that those jobs are hard to find, but that they are becoming increasingly competitive. What we see more of is that not only students but workers in general are taking a much closer look at employers before they accept those job offers. “

The current environment is a big change from 2020, when that class entered one of the most turbulent labor markets in history. Another recent NACE survey shows that only 50% of the class of 2020 have full-time employment within six months of graduating.

“We can all recall our memories of last March – we literally just finished the job fair and we are looking forward to a great spring semester,” says Sherwood. “But suddenly the world turned around. Employers and our center had to adjust. At first it was overwhelming. We didn’t get a response from a lot of recruiters, who canceled their internships or had to postpone hiring.”

But that didn’t last long.

“I think there was a refurbishment period in the summer,” Sherwood said. “[Companies] have a few months to revise and summer to reorient, just like we did. And things really start to take off in the fall. “

The transition to virtual and remote working has opened up many opportunities. Local graduates to North Texas are also reaping the benefits of living in an area that boasts the headquarters of 22 Fortune-500 companies.

“Once employers know they can be virtual and not lose quality of work but regularly increase it, I think that’s what we’re seeing here today even in the fall of 2021 – whether employers will continue to increase hiring and productivity across the board – Mr. Sherwood said.

Experts at the career center are recommending that recent graduates keep an open mind during their job search.

Philip said: “Prepare, prepare, prepare. “The virtual recruiting world is here to stay. Even after the pandemic, we’ve heard a lot of employers say they’ll stick with virtual recruiting because it’s efficient and effective.”

Network connectivity is as important as ever.

“You don’t have to know anyone to be able to connect effectively, you just have to be able to put yourself out there and put yourself in a position where you can connect with the right individuals,” says Sherwood. That will make a huge difference in the career and job you can eventually find yourself in. “

https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/data-shows-promising-job-outlook-for-recent-upcoming-college-grads/2840935/ Data shows promising job prospects for upcoming, recent college graduates – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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