Class of 2011’s job prospects improve slightly

    The spring commencement ceremonies at colleges and universities are getting under way. Now it’s time to put those degrees to work.

    Richard White, the director of career services at Rutgers University, said the job prospects for this year’s college grads are a little bit better than the two previous years.

    “But, of course, you have the two previous years of graduates. Many of them are still part of the job search process,” said White. “So the Class of 2011 may be seeing some competition from some of the earlier classes.”

    White said employment opportunities are improving for graduates who majored in engineering and finance, while those with liberal arts degrees may have a more difficult time.

    “Don’t worry about that dream job. Hopefully that will come later. Just get out there and get your foot in the door,” advises White. “Consider some part-time work, some temp type assignments just to get out there. Build the work portfolio and good things will happen down the road.”

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