Caroline MacGregor November 28, 2012 | WGVU If
you have an associate’s degree, you stand the best chance of securing work
according to the author of a report that tracks annual hiring trends. Dr. Phil
Gardner with MSU's College Employment Research Institute, estimates a 3 percent rise in hiring overall for college graduates
but says students with associate’s degrees in skills like manufacturing
have a better chance of securing work.
Gardner predicts a 31 percent hiring increase for graduates with associate’s
degrees, compared to 5 percent for bachelor’s degrees and 8 percent for
those with doctorate degrees. Students with associate’s
degrees in applied engineering, health care technology, and business can also
expect to fare better.
for bachelor’s degrees in finance, human resources, and advertising and
marketing is higher but lower for accountants, computer science and computer
science majors. Hiring of students who hold an MBA is expected to drop 6 percent and 1
percent for other master’s degrees.
Gardner says hiring is dampened by employers' concerns over financial problems here and overseas
along with uncertainty over this year’s election.
“We have these macro economic events, both in Europe and China and then we have this political uncertainty. This is the 5th political election I've done a trends report; never has a presidential election impacted the college hiring scene as much and what's behind that is the fiscal situation."
Gardner is concerned about an entitled attitude among some students who he says need to
quickly gain workplace experience if they wish to advance and enjoy a higher
More information on the 2012-13 recruiting trends can be found at http://www.ceri.msu.edu.
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