Thursday, March 25, 2010

In this tough economic climate layoffs and unemployment are inevitable. Jobless rates are hitting an all time high, for college graduates, reaching 4.6% last year according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Now it might not seem that bad compared to the national unemployment rate of around 9.3%, but it is the highest unemployment rate for college graduates since unemployment by education status was first tracked in 1970 (Shin, 2009).
So what does this mean for you, students of Boise State? Well it means that you need to prove to your employer you are worth hiring, and that’s where the Career Center comes into play. The Career Center has tons of resources to help you in your job-hunt. Things like resume advice, mock-interviews where you practice interview skills, cover letter help, and career assessments are all at your disposal. However, if you were to only use one thing, that the Career Center offers, make it internships.
“The National Association of Colleges and Employers' 2009 Student Survey found that only 19.7 percent of graduates from the class of 2009 who applied for jobs had one by the end of April. Of those, about 23 percent of graduates with internship experience had a job, while only 14 percent of students without internship experience managed to find work” (Carpenter, 2009).
Having an internship is also a great way to see if you really want to work in the field you are studying. Wouldn’t you want to know if you are getting a degree in something you don’t like doing before you get your diploma? Wouldn’t it feel awesome to find out that you absolutely love what field you are going into? But most of all, wouldn’t you love to have a job?

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