So, have you found a job yet?
As time goes on, that becomes more and more of an an emotionally loaded question.
Here’s the thing: For the most part, the job market is better today than two years ago. But try telling that to a grad who endured four rigorous years of college just to move back home with Mom and Dad.
Even if students do find work, chances are they don’t receive full benefits, or start at a lower salary than they might have in the past.
The headlines the last few weeks have been daunting, like this one in the New York Times: “Many with new college degree find the job market humbling.”
Meanwhile, a Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce analysis recently found that engineering, computer science or business majors make as much as 50 percent more in a lifetime than those who major in the humanities, the arts, education and psychology.
Millennials realize that it’s bad out there. Several career centers say they had seen a boom in the number of freshmen and sophomores who want to start internships and career planning as soon as possible.
Still, what’s a student to do? Are there jobs out there? How do you find them? Is it better to settle for your first offer or keep looking for a dream job? And what do employers need to know about this generation?
I was online Thursday afternoon to chat about recent college grads in today’s job market with Andrea Koncz, employment information manager for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, and Beverly Lorig, director of career services at Washington and Lee University.
You can read a full transcript of that chat, here.