Job market looking up for 2014 college grads

College graduation season is here. That means thousands of graduates looking for work.

Experts tell us the job outlook for this graduating class is much better than it was for the most recent graduating classes.

Many of these SIUE graduates are going straight to work.

"I'll be going back to my full time job here at the university in the HR department as a payroll manager," Lavontas Hairston said.

Some are going to grad school.

"I got a few job offers in chicago, but i had to turn them down because i wanted to pursue my masters," Reginald Edwards said.

And some, like biochemistry major Victoria Francis, have options.

"Med school was always the plan for me. It steered my major though because I wanted to definitely have a job, and the sciences are usually a good place," she said.

Career expert, Rose "The Job Doctor" Jonas says the job outlook in the technical, medical, and legal fields is booming. For liberal arts majors, finding a job may be harder. But she says the knowledge many of these graduates have of social media gives a little more hope.

"...because they tend to know so much more about computers and computer systems that they have kind of a competitive advantage over other people in the job market," Jonas said.

Bailey Kinney will graduate from UMSL next week with a degree in Media Studies.

"Through my internships I've made a lot of connections with people that are in a position to have positions open and help me find positions. So I have people in my corner, which makes me feel a lot better," Kinney said.

If your new grad hasn't found anything yet, Rose Jonas tells us companies do lots of hiring in June, July, and September. So they should make finding a job their part-time gig.

"You have to knock on the door. Nobody is going to come searching for you," Jonas said.

Even though the job market is looking up for the class of 2014, Rose Jonas tells us here in the St. Louis region it's behind other parts of the country. So new grads may want to consider looking elsewhere to maximize their options.


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