Published: Nov. 15, 2012

For college students, job market a mixed bag

By: Courtney Culey Media Communications courtney.culey@cabs.msu.eduContact(s): Andy Henion Media Communications office: (517) 355-3294 cell: (517) 281-6949 Andy.Henion@cabs.msu.edu

As Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends report shows, college students are experiencing a mixed bag of outcomes when it comes to finding a job.

For some MSU students, like MBA candidate Megan Brody, the job search was short and rewarding. For others, like journalism senior Alex Mitchell, the hunt hasn’t led to any full-time positions.

Mitchell, who graduates in December with a degree in journalism, has sent out about 15 resumes to communications employers in Michigan and Ohio hoping to stay close to his hometown of Blissfield in southeastern Michigan. He said he will continue the process until he gets a job he sees fit.

“Emotionally it’s been a difficult process,” Mitchell said. “Everybody comes to college with the hopes that right after graduation they’ll immediately enter the working world with the perfect job and get the salary they have always desired. But you realize that isn’t always the case, especially in today’s job market and especially with a degree in journalism.”

According to the report, business majors are the most desired among the nation’s employers. Brody can testify to that. She will graduate with a MBA in May and has already secured a full-time offer from Bayer Corp. in New Jersey.

“I had a chance to visit the Bayer headquarters and get to know the people working there,” said Brody. “I received the offer shortly thereafter and felt great about it and great about the company. It turned out to be a really good fit for me.”

For Brody, the process went quickly. After returning to campus this fall from a summer internship, she said the recruiting cycle started. She interviewed with some firms on campus and also acquired interviews with companies after attending regional and national career fairs.

Brody earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and worked in the field after graduation until transitioning into public relations and marketing. When it became apparent that in order to move up in an organization she needed an MBA, she decided to return to school.

She said the decision paid off.

MSU's annual Recruiting Trends report predicts the job market will increase at a sluggish 3 percent this academic year. MSU students discuss their own job search experiences.

MSU's annual Recruiting Trends report predicts the job market will increase at a sluggish 3 percent this academic year. MSU students discuss their own job search experiences.

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