Career Advice for Grads

Career Advice for Grads

With the job market being what it is, you might have serious doubts about your career prospects. Failing banks, closing plants, and dwindling budgets have a lot of people worried.

But you can potentially increase your chances of finding that perfect job by relying on a number of useful resources and tips:

Career Services Can Be a Goldmine for Grads

Most schools have an office of career services. The people in this department can help you with resume crafting, letter writing, and job research. Although not used nearly as much as it should be, the office of career services is a veritable goldmine of information.

Stay in Touch with Classmates, Professors, and other Grads

In addition to career services, you should also connect with alums, students, and professors. They can help you with recommendations, networking opportunities, career advice, and even job placement. Your program probably publishes a directory of graduates, and this directory is sometimes broken up by year, location, and industry. Business connections are all about knowing the right people. Even if you never took any classes with particular alumni, he or she might be able to point you in the right direction.

Broaden Your Search Globally

Don’t limit your search to your home city, state, or even country. There exists global demand for a wide range of disciplines and careers. What’s more, international experience can be pretty impressive on a resume. After 2-3 years in Brazil or China, you might find that many more doors open up to you when you return to the US.

Which college degrees help you qualify for careers with the best employment outlook?

Registered Nurses

The number of registered nurses in the United States is expected to increase by more than half a million over the next decade, making it the fastest-growing occupation in the country. Responsibilities include performing routine tests, educating patients about their ailments and providing them with treatment and medication.

Post-secondary education is a necessity for a position as a registered nurse. Most nursing programs are either two or four years and lead to an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, respectively, although some hospitals offer diploma programs that usually take three years to complete. Entrance into nursing specialty fields often requires a master’s degree.

Network Systems and Data Communications Analysts

Network analyst positions are expected to grow by 37% in the coming years, which is the largest percent increase among of all types of jobs studied. Network analysts design, implement and test communications equipment for computers, from small office networks to the internet.

The degree requirements vary with each specific network analyst position. Most employers are looking for those with a bachelor’s in computer science or a related field, while some positions require only associates and some require an MBA.

Veterinary Technologists and Technicians

Positions as veterinary technicians are expected to increase at a much faster than average rate as well. Veterinary technicians work alongside veterinarians, performing diagnostic tests and providing treatment to all types of animals.

Most veterinary technologists have an associate’s or a bachelor’s degree in the field, and both involve extensive laboratory training with live animals. The associates programs are nationally accredited and usually take two years to complete, while the bachelor’s programs are offered at only a handful of colleges.