Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2015— According to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers expect to hire 9.6 percent more new U.S. college graduates this year than they did last year.
This is great news for Georgian Court University’s class of 2015 and others nationwide, but students will still face challenges during their job search.
“The jobs are there, but you still have to figure out how to get to the right person,” said Kathleen Brady, director of career services at Georgian Court University. “Students still need to focus on networking and on articulating what it is they have to offer. Employers always want to know how a new hire can help them achieve their mission.”
Networking skills and the self-knowledge required for a successful job search are skills that take time to acquire, and the best-prepared graduates are those who have been preparing themselves throughout their academic career. “Some students wait until the first warm day in March of their senior year to come to the Office of Career Services for help in finding a job,” said Ms. Brady, who recently released Get a Job! 10 Steps to Career Success. “But that is too late. We want to engage students in their first year and connect with them throughout their four-year academic career here.”
Four years may seem like a long time to prepare for a job search, but the GCU Office of Career Services aims to interact with students in specific ways at each stage of their academic career. “For first-year students, we just get them to think about their dreams; to envision their future selves. Then in their sophomore year, we talk to them about how their activities and decisions today are going to impact their long-term goals,” she said.
Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and an historic, special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,300 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 30+ undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. The main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also serves students at New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.