Diplomas will not be the only thing in mind as students gear up for graduation. Recent economic reports indicate less than desirable outlooks for the young workforce.
Official reports last week indicated that 96,000 jobs were created in August bringing the national unemployment rate to 8.1%. Though the decline is welcome, it is far less than anticipated. While a drop in the national unemployment rate has been attributed to many factors, economic experts said that it is largely due in fact to the large number of unemployed youth dropping out of the job search.
CNNMoney reports that there was an estimated 453,000 fewer youth with jobs from July to August. While all factors have been taken into consideration such as young adults returning to school, the unemployment rate for young adults still stands at 16.8%.
“I did not know where I would find a job,” Eric Brown, recent WTAMU graduate, said. “I knew what I wanted to do but I knew I could not be picky. The thought did cross my mind about going for my masters if nothing turned up.”
The reasons for the large numbers of unemployed youth vary. The fact remains however, that recent graduates may face issues when entering the job market.
Recent WT graduate Adam Snider said that looking for employment post graduation is not easy. When it comes to finding a job that the best thing to do is to take advantage of the opportunities provided through various University programs, according to Snider.
Career Services is one program available to WT students through the University. It provides students with links to employers, which can give them a leg up in the current job market.
As disappointing as the unemployment rate may be, Almas Rafeea, 2011 WT graduate, said not to give up on your dream job.
“I’m still trying to live the life I’ve always imagined for myself.” Almas said.
Almas advises future graduates to utilize any and all contacts received through out college.
“They are your best shot at finding a job,” Almas said.