A lot has changed in the employment world since 2007.
In 2007, nearly 60% of the students graduating had jobs by graduation day. Another 12% -19% went on to advanced degrees, which left a little over 20% without jobs. In hindsight, these were the good old days!
Today, on a nationwide basis, things have flipped. Only 20% of the students graduating from college have a job and 80% are unemployed. It’s a miserable time for graduates to be stepping into the cold, cruel world, particularly when you combine the fact that they are leaving college with the highest credit card and student loan debt of any students in the history of our country, or in fact, the world.
On top of that, the employment world has flipped too!
Prior to 2007, while online job boards were emerging, the primary way to find a job was simply looking through classified ads in various publications.
Today’s students have to be adept at using online search techniques and social media and master the skills involved in creating a resume that will be picked up due to their focus on the right keywords, networking skills and understandings about how to build job search strategies.
Having a good resume is only one of a half a dozen (or more) skills they will need to stand out in an uncertain job market. For the graduates of 2007 and prior, having their degrees and good resumes were all they needed to get out and get interviews. Interviews and job offers came easily and most students didn’t prepare– in fact, ‘winging it” was common.
Unfortunately, today’s students, grads and alumni need more training, and more services, and college management is freezing or cutting the budgets of Career Centers. We’ve held a series of “virtual town hall meetings” to learn more about what Career Centers needed which led to a Webinar and white paper that outlined 10 Ways To Get More Resources for Your Career Center.
The top ten strategies that came out of our discussions and research included:
- Using stats to show a need
- Starting a discussion comparing your piece of the pie
- Showing you can improve retention
- Showing you can help recruiting
- Developing a student 4-year plan
- Identifying how you can deliver services more cost effectively
- Rebranding yourself
- Generating your own revenue
- Reaching out to volunteers
- Identifying the “Cadillac” example
To listen to a recording of the presentation or download a copy of the whitepaper, click here!