Job prospects improve slightly for this year’s college grads

In just a few weeks, new college graduates will be out of the classrooms and looking for work. There are some indications their job prospects are improving.

An improving economy and increased recruiting activity on college campuses point to better odds for college grads, according to Carl Van Horn, director of the Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers.

He cautions, though, that it may take a while to get full-time employment.

“In the first six months, about 80 percent of college graduates in the last several years have been able to find a job, but only 50 percent or so were able to get a full time job that paid benefits,” he said.

Van Horn urges new graduates to be patient and optimistic about their job search. He says internships and other work experience can improve the chances of being hired.

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