How College Students can Avoid the “Help Me get a Job” Dilemma

July 17, 2012

Goals, Job Hunt

Get Hired Fast - help me get a jobAccording to numbers reported by Fox News, half of all college graduates under the age of 25 were either out of work or severely underemployed last year. That’s a staggering statistic and points to how challenging the jobs market is today. It’s no surprise, then, that so many college students are stuck in the “Help me get a job” dilemma.

You know this dilemma: Most employers, especially when they have so many candidates, want to hire people with experience. College graduates can’t get experience until they’re hired. It’s tough.

But there is one way in which young people can make looking for a job after graduation an easier task.

The Right Major

It’s all about finding the right major in college. Savvy college students know that a higher education costs a fortune. It doesn’t make good financial sense, then, for them to graduate with a major that won’t help them land a good-paying job in a growing industry.

This may sound cynical. After all, isn’t the larger goal of a college education to create well-rounded individuals? Maybe, but today’s job market doesn’t have much need of photography, political-science, philosophy, or art majors. The unfortunate truth is that you’ll struggle to find a job with these majors once you leave college for the real world.

Majors that Pay Off

Forbes Magazine recently ran its list of best college majors for today’s jobs market. According to Forbes’ story, the top major today is biomedical engineering. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this field will be one of the fastest-growing in the country.

Also making the list are software engineering, civil engineering, petroleum engineering and applied mathematics. Physics, computer science, statistics, and biochemistry also make the list.

A Challenging World

You’ll notice that there are no “fluff” majors on that list – earning a degree in any of these takes hard work and smarts. And the truth is, not everyone is cut out to be a biochemistry or physics major.

That’s the reality of today’s job market, though. Job hunting is tough unless you have special skills that set you apart from the majority of the people looking for employment.

If you need help conducting the best job search for you, no matter what major you earned in college, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp. We’ll help you learn the skills you need to thrive in today’s competitive hiring environment.

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