Job prospects improve for new graduates

According to the University of Oregon career center, students and employers are more hopeful about the job market than they were a year ago.

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This year holds the first improvement in hiring outlook since 2008, according to data released by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

The University of Oregon career center sees an improvement not only in numbers, but also in attitude.

Employers expect to hire 5.3 percent more new college graduates in 2009-10 than they did in 2008-09, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. A year ago, employers said they hired 22 percent fewer graduates than they did in 2008.

When the university hosted its spring career fair in 2009, only 55 employers signed up, and [director of the University of Oregon Career Center Deb] Chereck’s staff had to lobby about half of those to attend even though they weren’t hiring. This spring, 73 employers registered for the career fair, and “there was no arm-twisting,” Chereck said. “That’s a huge indicator for us that hiring is on the rise.”

Read the whole story at the Register-Guard.

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