After Graduation


As pretty much everyone knows by now, it’s hard for college graduates to get job offers in today’s economy. This means, according to an article by Jenna Johnson in the Washington Post, that they’ll pretty much do anything:

Instead of debating salaries and benefits, many students set their sights on simply getting a job. They begged for internships. They hyper-networked and filed dozens of applications. They often locked in on early offers rather than holding out for something better.

And some 2010 grads decided to wait things out. This academic year, more have taken the Law School Admissions Test than last year. Teach for America, which recruits for hard-to-staff public schools, received a record 46,000 applications for this year’s class and was the top employer at some universities.

People are working harder to get jobs and settling for less if they get offers, which most of them don’t. Apparently only 39 percent of graduating seniors have job offers.

The Johnson article ends on a high note, with both students profiled (one from George Washington University and one from Marymount University) getting jobs reasonably closely aligned to their goals.

But this can’t work out that well nationally, of course. No matter how hard everyone works there just aren’t enough jobs out there. Many college graduates simply won’t get hired. Which means a lot of resumes, a lot of living at home with parents, and a lot of loan deferments. [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer