Despite what you may have heard in political campaign ads, the new college graduate job market has continued to grow steadily. In fact, we posted 28 percent more full-time positions last year than we had the year before the recession started. Enthusiasm for our graduates has included companies that tend to participate in mass recruiting here, like those coming to career fairs and hoping to identify thirty new hires, as well as those looking to fill just one position.
There are a number of reasons that the new college graduates are in demand right now. Generally speaking, the jobs that disappeared in the last few years are gone for good. The jobs emerging in their place require new sets of skills and strengths perfectly suited to new grads. For example, one popular title last year included "social media specialist," a position we didn't post at all ten years ago. Who better than a college graduate to fill that position? According to the Wall Street Journal, employers are also leaning more towards prestigious public school graduates than private school grads, indicating that those students tend to adapt to the workplace environment more easily.
Our employer development team spends a great deal of time networking with employers on behalf of our students. In addition to our highly ranked academic programs, the track record of our alumni in various fields keeps these employers coming back for more. Once someone discovers a successful pool of creative, talented, skilled, educated employees, why go anywhere else? That type of success builds on itself, which is why SmartMoney magazine ranked CU Boulder in the top twenty schools for return on investment, just behind Princeton, but ahead of Harvard, Penn, Yale, and a host of other amazing peers.
If you are in a hiring position and would like CU Boulder internship or full-time candidates, please contact Lisa Lovett at Lisa.Lovett@Colorado.edu or (303) 492-4129.
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By Career Services, University of Colorado Boulder. During Family Weekend, Lisa Severy, director of Career Services will present, "Your Student's Professional Development: Maximizing the Value of a CU Degree" on Friday, October 4, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. and on Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. both in the Imig Music Building.