Job seekers head back to school, try temp work

Posted April 7, 2010
Updated April 8, 2010

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— Some recent college graduates are turning to temporary work.

In a tough economy, experts say temporary jobs can also be a cheaper way for companies to get workers than hiring full-time employees.

Eileen Carroll earned a degree in architecture technology but couldn’t find a job. She returned to school study civil engineering at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh.

“In my personal world, I am still hurting, but I have hope,” she said.

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Wayne Bell worked in construction, but with the jobs in that field only trickling in, he opted to attend Wake Tech to study construction management technology.

“Jobs in the field have diminished greatly,” Bell said.

Despite his field of study, the father of three said he is open to working in another field to make ends meet.

“I may get a job working for pharmaceutical company. You never know,” Bell said.

Jobs in the computer, medicine and bio-technology industries are popular, said Dawn Borden, of Computer Task Group, who helps companies fill information technology jobs.

“We, on average, have 10 to 20 jobs on a weekly basis,” Borden said.

Borden said her company did “quite a bit of hiring in December and January.”

In the Triangle, the unemployment crept a bit higher in February to another record high of 9.4 percent, the North Carolina Employment Security Commission reported Wednesday.

The rate in January was 9.3.

According to the ESC, the Combined Statistical Area work force – people working and those seeking work – grew by nearly 4,000 to 868,756.

Employment grew to 787,415, up by almost 4,000.

The number of those seeking work increased to 81,341 from 80,758.


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  • superman Apr 8, 2010

    Taking classes in civil engineering and contruction management technology is a waste of their time. Perhaps no one has told them that the building industry is not doing well. If they want a good chance for a job-- they will get into some kind of service field - like HVAC, Auto Mechanics, Nursing or anything in the medical field. Any field that does well in a recession. They be much better off to take a 2 year program to work a cash register at Wal-Mart than their current choice. My son-in-law graduated from NC State about 10 years ago with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He couldnt find a job in that field then-- and things are much worse now. But with his background in engineering, math and computers, he is working now for a high profile computer company making 6 figures.

  • Adelinthe Apr 8, 2010

    DontLikeTheSocialistObama - "The problem during this recession is that the jobs have permanently left the country and they aren't coming back."

    They've left the country or have been discontinued altogether.

    How many times just in the past week have we heard of local city, county and state governments eliminating hiring positions to balance budgets?

    When there's a position that was approved for a hiring and it's eliminated, that's a job loss, and it's one that's not going to come back any time MAYBE until a budget is balanced.

    This same thing is happening in corporations, we're just not hearing as much about those as we are the government positions.

    It doesn't seem like many politicians are getting that point, and many people who have jobs certainly aren't getting it - cause they keep criticizing the unemployed.

    God bless.


  • Adelinthe Apr 8, 2010

    Spooner -

    With unemployment benefits running out, those with higher qualifications have tried applying at fast food joints, grocery stores, discount stores, drug stores, etc., etc., etc., - for full and part-time positions, and are finding the same results.

    Every time there's single job opening anywhere, even for a part-time position, hundreds to thousands are applying for that one single position.

    Like I said, the employment/unemployment situation is like a lottery out there.

    God bless.


  • Spooner Apr 8, 2010

    The Obama administration says the recession is over. Now go get your job at a fast food stop and pay massive amounts for your healthcare.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Apr 8, 2010

    The problem with this recession is that the jobs aren't coming back like they did during previous recessions.

    Previous recessions were different. The job losses were due to the recession.

    The problem during this recession is that the jobs have permanently left the country and they aren't coming back.

  • Adelinthe Apr 8, 2010

    School to learn Spanish would be good because many companies are looking for that.

    But temp work is out - they can't find jobs for others either. I KNOW; I have an excellent work record with Manpower and have for over 25 years. They haven't called me in 2+ years cause they have nothing for me to do.

    What many with jobs (and apparently no one in politics) understands is, with 16 million out of work added to the discontinuance of 6 million jobs since late summer of 2008, every time someone applies for a single job opening, hundreds to thousands of others are doing it too for that same job.

    That makes getting hired for that job like winning a lottery, and it's sad.

    Praying for us all.

    God bless.


  • clickhere Apr 8, 2010

    Had my first in-your-face interview yesterday since 6 months ago, half my old salary, but I'd certainly take it if offered. it's tough out there, not much available, been out of paying work for 9 months now, but certainly very busy. it'll be nice to get back to a paying job with benefits. I don't know how unemployed folks with families do it. My spouse had to take a job in DC and does a weekend commute back here. I guess you need to be very flexible in this market. I'd worked 40 years straight with just a couple voluntary breaks, made it through the previous 3 recessions with no issues, but this one is definitely the worst I've seen. Hope the rest of you are doing ok.

  • NoFreakinWay Apr 8, 2010

    no school or temp work needed, just ask Bev for your check. She said we're doing fine, she says we're going to create jobs, well, she's telling stories! It ain't happening Waldo!