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Jobs for Graduates

Posted May 9, 2007

How is the job market for college graduates this year?   Please offer your thoughts, stories and insights.

The predictions were rosy but what about reality?  I’d like to know.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers predicted strong job opportunities for the class of 2007. One poll predicted employers would hire 17.4% more new college graduates this year over 2006 with the South and West the hottest regions. Raleigh made one top ten list of robust job markets.

Researchers say starting salaries for college graduates this year will be more than 10% higher than last year.

Strong people skills are viewed as more important than ever these days for college graduates.

And the hottest fields for job opportunities: accounting, business administration and management, computer sciences, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering.

I look forward to reading your comments. And all the best to you graduates in your search for a good job!

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  • Celt May 11, 2007

    Ok--back to the topic at hand! :-) and these are all anecdotal. I think the job market may well revolve around (a) the area of study (humanities are not doing as well as business-related jobs), (b) area of the country (my beloved Ohio--Go Bucks!--will not fare as well as the Southwest), (c) degree (PhDs may well have a harder time than those with Masters and Bachelors, and (d) age of the graduate (sighhhhhh).

  • mamananagramps May 9, 2007

    Bill,
    I met you while living in Cary NC...Your children would play with my small grandchildren at playground near high school..Cary has grown so ,and we now live in Virginia ,and my daughter and family are in wake forest..She has one graduated last year doing masters now will finish end of June at UNC Chapel Hill..I hope he finds a job teaching High School History..Kind of hard to find that..My other one is a rising senior at NC State...(yes house divided..Ha Ha)..grandaughter is rising Sophmore at UNC Chapel Hill so you know where the time has gone..
    I enjoy your columns, CD's and Blog so much ..Keep up the good work...Lois Virginia

  • owlady May 9, 2007

    Bill, I love the video you made from photos from your daughters graduation from college. It made me cry. She is a lucky young lady and I am sure she appreciates having a wonderful father like you in her life. My son is a rising Junior at UNCG and he lost his father in 2000. He has matured into a great young man and I am so proud of him too.

  • davidgnews May 9, 2007

    Sorry to go off-track, but Bigguns - you miss the point and maybe just don't understand!

    Of any of the fine air-talent at WRAL, it is the tradition and embodiment of great broadcasters from times gone by that is exemplified by Bill. To me, anyway, he always brings to mind folks like Charlie Harville, Charley Gaddy, Lee Kinard, along with a down-home touch of Ty Boyd. You just can't go wrong with that kind of style, and the display is certainly a 'calm' in the typical media storm! At the very least, that would be 'patient,' not 'pokey.'

    My $0.02, adjusted for inflation.

  • urbudelar May 9, 2007

    Thanks for all of the affirmative words on the blog and my email especially from chickenwire and cjack! You guys are great! I really like the family comment. I am looking forward to many more years as the morning anchor at WRAL. What a great team we have with Lynda, Valonda, Elizabeth and Mark.

    And congrats to the Barton grad! Wow! What a year for you!

    Bill

  • BartonGradMay2007 May 9, 2007

    Thanks Bill for your best wishes! I am a Senior at Barton College graduating next Sunday and just wanted to say a quick thanks! GO BULLDOGS!!

  • nrthral May 9, 2007

    Hoping I do not divert the topic too much. I am curious as to how employment prospects are for people with Associates Degrees, as I am currently embarking on one. I know its not as favourable as a traditional degree but its the only option feasible for myself. Anyone out here know how well people obtaining such degrees are faring in the employment market? Keep up the great work Bill.

  • cjack55 May 9, 2007

    Bill, please don't listen to Bigguns! It hurt my feelings to read what he said. You are such a wonderful person, we've never met & probably never will, but it is so obvious just by seeing you on TV. Trust me, 99.9% of people agree with me, not him! You make the morning show in my opinion, don't you change a thing! And God bless you & your family!

  • chickenwire May 9, 2007

    Bill, keep up the great work, you and the rest of the morning crew are great, you are like family!!!!!

  • bleslie May 9, 2007

    Great to hear from you, Twyla! How is your sister Donna doing? BTW, I still want to come speak to your class some time.

    Bill

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