Any Hope For The Fresh Graduate?

According to a recent survey, for some years now, globally there has been a positive increase in hiring fresh university/college graduates. Business owners plan on hiring more fresh graduates as well as offering higher compensation and benefits for the new employees.

In a recent annual survey, nine out of ten companies described the new job market as good, very good, and excellent. Public accounting and consulting firms indicated the brightest prospect for the fresh graduate, while engineering and construction firms supported the idea by saying they'll also be hiring.

Globally, there's a growing demand for new graduates in the job market as a result of the also growing products and services they offer and to keep up with the retiring staff. In spite of the global downturn in the economy, construction work appears to be not much affected. Sky-scrappers are springing up all over the world... from New York to Abuja, from Auckland to Dubai, from Beijing to Leningrad!

Who are in demand right now?

• Mechanical engineering

• Electrical engineering

• Accounting

• Business administration/management

• Economics/finance

• Computer science

• Information sciences and systems

• Marketing/marketing management

• Computer engineering

• Chemical engineering

Mechanical engineering graduates topped the list and seeking them are aerospace, automotive, mechanical equipment manufacturers. They also plan on hiring graduates with PhDs in science and computer related courses.

Banking, transportation, financial, and insurance services are seeking Economics/Finance graduates. The food and beverage processing companies, merchandisers, and financial services will need more Business Administration/Management degree holders.

One-third of business owners plan on hiring associate graduates categorized into three: technology, engineering, and business related degrees. Insurance and engineering/surveying companies appear the most in need of H.N.D. (Higher National Diploma) graduates for they bear a productive kind of technical knowledge which does not require more training. They belong to the hands-on work force who developed a good work ethic which is sadly observed by employers as missing in previous amateur graduates.

What qualities should a new graduate possess?

• Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills

• Must be honest and has a high regard with integrity

• Can easily relate to others

• Maintain strong work ethic

• Can work well with others –TEAMWORK

• Analytical skills

• Must be self motivated and initiative

• Adaptability to change

• Updated computer skills

• Observant to details

The standards of companies’ ideal candidates are often higher than the last year’s. It is important that new graduates show good GPAs as full time jobs come with good benefits coming from good revenues. Salary should not be the sole consideration when looking for a job, benefits are part of it.

Here are some of the lists of benefits (these vary from country to country):

• Life and Medical/Dental insurance

• Retirement plans

• Annual and semi-annual increase

• Employee counseling program

• Dress code

• Paid trainings

• Bonus and commissions

• Family benefits

• Flexi-time

• Performance updates

• Vacation and sick leaves

• On-site fitness and recreational facilities

• Day care center

• Company car/service

The best places to seek competitive employers can be through Internet search engines like Google or Yahoo, newspaper adverts, etc. What’s important is that you must target the right employers. Don’t let any opportunity pass you by, and don’t forget to research about the company before you approach them.

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