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December 12, 2005

Strong job outlook for grads

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Graduates at Winter 2004 CommencementCareer Center officials say a continued strong economy is creating a solid job market for Sacramento State graduates who will receive their diplomas at Winter Commencement ceremonies Friday, Dec. 16 and Saturday, Dec. 17 at Arco Arena.

“We are seeing more and more employers come to campus, and more offers being made to graduating students,” says Marilyn Albert, director of the Career Center. “In some cases, students may even get multiple job offers.”

According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, businesses are expected to hire 14.5 percent more new college graduates in 2005-06 than they hired in 2004-05.

“It is great timing to have graduates who are very well-prepared enter such a strong job market,” says Eva Gabbe, manager of the Career Center’s recruitment program. “Employers have openings to fill and more of them are coming to Sacramento State to find future employees.”

She says more than 200 employers visited campus to interview students for job openings during the past semester.

Gabbe says graduates in some fields are experiencing exceptionally strong demand. Graduates in accounting, civil engineering and construction management may be receiving more than one job offer in many cases, says Gabbe, adding that she believes that Sacramento State’s comprehensive programs in those areas give graduates a competitive edge.

“Employers look to Sacramento State because of strong programs in accounting and engineering,” she says.

Students in other majors are finding jobs as well. “In sales, employers are looking at any major if the student has good communication skills, has leadership skills, is well-organized and is customer service-oriented,” Gabbe says.

Homebuilders have been recruiting at Sacramento State for all majors, too. Gabbe says the companies train graduates for jobs related to the homebuilding industry. “We have had students studying interior design who are hired to help design the inside of model homes. Other students going into construction management and engineering are also in demand,” says Gabbe.

She also says she has noticed a slight pick-up in hiring in the technology industry for graduates in computer science and management information systems, but hiring is still far below the dot-com days.

But there is other evidence of a strengthening job market, says Albert, the center’s director.

“Employers are not only offering full-time employment to our graduating students, but they are also offering more internships and cooperative education arrangements,” Albert says. “We are pleased to see this influx of employers with multiple opportunities to our students.”

The schedule for Sacramento State Winter Commencement at Arco Arena is:

Friday, Dec. 16

• 1 p.m. College of Education

• 3:30 p.m. College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies

• 6:30 p.m. College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Saturday, Dec. 17

• 8:30 a.m. College of Health and Human Services

• 11:30 a.m. College of Business Administration

• 3 p.m. College of Arts and Letters

• 6 p.m. College of Engineering and Computer Science

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