Job market rated "good" for college graduates

Job market rated "good" for college graduates

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Graduation is just a few weeks away for many college graduates, and the job market is better than it was just a few years ago.

According to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), more jobs will be posted in 2015 than have been over the last five years.

"Over the past five or six years, we saw some activity, but they were pretty much just hiring exactly what they needed," University of Southern Mississippi Director of Career Services Rusty Anderson explained.

While Anderson still encourages having focused experience in the field in which graduates wish to land a job, he said being well-rounded is also key.

That is reflected in the NACE study, which found that the most influential attribute of an applicant was their leadership, followed by major of study, grade point average about a 3.0 and extracurricular involvement.

"I think the biggest challenge is to help them understand the importance of networking," Anderson said.

NACE predicts a 9.6 percent increase in hiring in 2015 and an average 23.2 applicants for every one job posting.

"Decide what it is you want to do, and develop a plan to accomplish it," Anderson suggested for undergraduates.

The NACE study also found that engineering graduates are most attractive to employers, followed by those with a business, computer science or accounting degree.

The NACE Job Outlook can be found here.