outlook upbeat for CSUS graduates
the National Association of Colleges and Employers says the job
outlook is not as strong for graduates this year as it was in fall
2001, CSUS has good news for its graduates. According to the campus
career center, the job market is much brighter for CSUS students
than for those at many other schools.
The association, known as NACE, also says fewer companies are coming
to colleges to recruit students. However, Marilyn Albert and Eva
Gabbe of the CSUS career center say there's been no decline this
semester in the number of companies coming onto campus and actively
recruiting new employees. Seventy-five companies are currently registered
for the on-campus recruitment program.
"We're on many companies' 'A lists,'" says Gabbe, the
career center's recruitment program manager. Gabbe says company
recruiters are impressed with the diversity of the student population.
"Many people here know more than one language," she says.
Gabbe says employers also admire the students' abilities to manage
University classes, jobs, community service and families. "Employers
are keeping us on their recruiting lists because they like the students'
multi-task capabilities," she says.
This ability to multi-task is important because competition among
new graduates has become intense. Albert, the center's director
says, "Students are not just applying for jobs, they're competing
This competition means there's an increased need for students to
market themselves to potential employees, according to employment
experts. Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director says, "Now,
more than ever, students need to use all the resources available
to them, particularly their campus career center, where they'll
get expert guidance in conducting a successful job search."
"So get over here," Albert says. The career center offers
resume writing lessons and schedules practice interviews. Albert
and Gabbe both say the center hosts so many interviews each day
that they are practically running out of space. The staff also gives
special advice to graduates, including why e-mail addresses are
important and how to acquire a contact name at a company. The center
provides similar services for alumni.
Gabbe says the career counselors don't endorse any particular company.
They also don't want students to focus on specific companies or
job titles. Albert says, "We strategize with the students.
We look at what skills they have and what they like to do."
For example, if a student is interested in writing, the counselors
will examine what the student likes to write and then discuss what
industries or companies hire writers.
The center also heartily recommends internships and even started
an internship coordination group. Mackes says, "Internship
programs enable the employer and the student to try each other on
for size, something that is critically important to employers in
times like this, when they're hiring fewer people and need every
hire to be the right fit." This is why Albert and Gabbe suggest
students begin research early, even during freshman year. "This
way we can have a continual relationship with the students,"
The career center staff has made more than 27,000 student contacts
this year. These contacts include talking with students at career
fairs, new student programs, student organizations and in the center
itself. Albert says many students have talked with the staff more
than once. "People know about us and are coming in."