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The myths about the job market for college graduates

A liberal arts degree is not worth the money.  My son/daughter needs a job!

The most recent survey data shows that employers will now consider candidates of all majors.  Candidates who can demonstrate leadership, a work ethic and flexibility are the ones who will be considered first, regardless of major.  Many jobs we are training people for now simply did not exist 5 or 10 years ago.

Employers hire graduates based on GPA.

GPA certainly shows potential but there has never been a correlation between GPA and workplace success. Further, employers want proof of employability so relevant work experience and a track record of marketable skills (communication, analytical, interpersonal) will give the graduate an edge in a tight market.

I can wait until I graduate to look for a job.

Although many college students do just that, the numbers don't work in their favor.  There are approximately 1.6 million college graduates each year and the job market demand for college graduates is one-third of the demand reported in the 1980s.  Those students who build their resumes while still in school fare better in the job market than those who wait.

It's OK to take the first job I'm offered.  I just need experience.

Research from Columbia University suggests otherwise: graduates who look for work in their chosen fields, regardless of how temporary or part time the job have developed the skills they need and have moved ahead in any economic climate.


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