Job Outlook for New Grads Looking Up

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A throng of recruiters and students are expected to meet up Wednesday and Thursday at UC-Berkeley's "Just in Time" job fair, a two-day event again after shrinking to just one day since 2008.


Among the tech companies expected to be there: Google, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, StumbleUpon, Autodesk, Disney Interactive Media Group and Magoosh, a Berkeley-based test preparation startup.


While computer science grads and entrepreneurial students have been highly wooed, the job picture for college grads nationwide is much improved. In fact, the job outlook for college grads is the best it's been since 2007, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). In its survey last fall, employers reported they planned to increase hiring of new graduates by 13.5 percent, but that number rose to 19.3 percent in the spring survey.


With the tech scene getting hot in Michigan, many spring graduates in computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan landed jobs last fall, reports But Michigan State University's Recruiting Trends survey found employers looking for the best talent, regardless of major. (It did note some hot majors were e-commerce, entrepreneurism, mathematics and public relations, though.)


Companies surveyed by NACE said they're receiving an average of 21 applications per job posting, but that's down from 40 applications per opening last year.


Among the skills companies are seeking: Verbal communication, decision-making and problem-solving, planning and prioritizing, processing information and analyzing quantitative data.


The bad news is that salaries are flat, except for those coveted computer science and engineering grads. They're the only ones who might hear the words "signing bonus," reports the Christian Science Monitor, and then only 1 percent of companies will offer them, and then only to candidates with advanced degrees.

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