NC State business students get career-minded

Posted February 3, 2011 5:41 p.m. EST
Updated February 3, 2011 6:51 p.m. EST

— Calvin Forbes still has a year left until he graduates from North Carolina State University, but he is already thinking about internships, summer jobs and whether he will get a job after he gets his degree.

“I’m feeling pretty optimistic about the future,” Forbes said as he attended Career Day at N.C. State’s Poole College of Management on Thursday.

University officials say students like Forbes should be feeling good about the future.

“I’m seeing more employers this year saying, ‘We’re actually hiring for interns,’ and some who have full-time employment opportunities,” said Shannon Davis, associate dean of Undergraduate Programs.

With unemployment in the state at about 10 percent, graduates are going to be competing with each other and more experienced candidates.

“Younger, fresh-out-of-school hires bring fresh ideas and opportunities. They’re also a lot less expensive,” Davis said.

Davis said graduating students need to do exactly what Forbes is doing, looking for opportunities to gain real-world experience.

Davis said she is seeing a lot of hiring in logistics and supply-chain management in many industries. She said employers tell her there are not enough qualified employees to fill those positions

If no one is hiring when N.C. State junior Alexandra Penny graduates, she has a back-up plan.

“You can always go for a master’s program,” she said. “(You) can always just get back in school for a couple more years and wait for the market to come back.”