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May 17, 2013

Area schools: Grads face fierce job hunt


SUNY Oneonta launched its online 2013 Final Destination Survey on Friday, May 10, to survey December, May and August graduates on their primary post-graduation goals, according to Amy Benedict-Augustine, director of the Career Development Center. As of Wednesday morning, about 550 or a third of the graduating class had responded, she said.

According to replies, 64 percent report employment as their primary plan; 33 percent planned to continue their education; 1 percent will do volunteer work; and less than 1 percent either will join the military or start or care for family.

Of students indicating they plan to continue their education, 47 percent have been accepted into a full-time graduate program and 6 percent have been accepted into a part-time graduate program, Benedict-Augustine reported in an email.

Many students will begin their job searches after graduation, Benedict-Augustine, said, and career development staff will be available to communicate with them by telephone or Skype after they leave the area.

“We encourage students to use a variety of methods for their job search with a particular emphasis on networking,” she said. Options include the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association Group on LinkedIn or through professional associations that match their interests, she said.

DragonLink, the college’s online career management system, offers full-time job listings locally, nationally, and internationally.

“We also suggest to students that they be as flexible as possible about geographic location, job title, starting salary, etc., and even consider internships as they move into the world of work,” Benedict-Augustine said.

The economy has created 6.8 million private-sector jobs during the past 38 months, but nearly 12 million remain unemployed, the AP reported. Though unemployment has hit across demographic groups, the hardest hit have been young workers, workers with low levels of education, and racial and ethnic minorities, according to AP, and the average unemployment rate in the first quarter of this year was 7.7 percent.

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