Monday, April 13, 2009

New college graduates facing tough job market

This from the Rockford Register:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Facing a bleak job market, Brittney Joiner is thinking about extending her time in school once she gets her degree this spring at Western Kentucky University.

The psychology major from Hopkinsville thinks graduate school might be the best place to ride out the recession before heading into the job market.

"If I had (fore)seen the economy downturn, I wouldn't have worked so hard to get done in four years," Joiner told the Daily News of Bowling Green. "I wouldn't be looking ahead of me and seeing graduation in a month, it would be a year down the road."

Joiner said it's a "nerve-racking" time, adding "I guess I can always live with my parents if things don't work out." ...

...For Tompkinsville senior Savannah Thomas, an advertising major at WKU, having a resume is not going to be enough to set herself apart from other applicants with more experience.

Thomas said she is working on a digital resume and Web site through the advertising department, and will be seeking advice from others in the field during a "Webinar" being hosted by the department.

"They recommend you have two to three internships by graduation, but that's difficult, especially if they're unpaid," she said. "Grad school is definitely looking really good right now."...

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