Survey Says More Employers Plan to Hire New College Grads

By: Josh Sidorowicz Email
By: Josh Sidorowicz Email

Some good news for moms and dads: the chances of your college grad moving back in aren't as great as they used to be.

A new nationwide survey out reveals more employers plan to hire new college grads this year.

About 57 percent of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates this year, up from 53 percent last year and 44 percent in 2010.

The figures are based on a survey of 2,138 hiring managers and HR professionals representing multiple industries, which was conducted by Harris Poll and CareerBuilder.

"I actually think it is getting better," said Eric Doerr, associate director of employer relations with the Michigan State Career Services Network.

"We had a time back in 2008 with the downturn in the economy where things were pretty bleak for graduating students, this year employers are back."

Doerr said there's also plenty of specific fields, from accounting to IT, that just need more people.

"We have an older workforce and so retirements are increasing as Baby Boomers are exiting," he said. "From government positions all the way down to small businesses, we're seeing a need to replace those people."

Michigan State senior Haley Vallier is breathing easy just days before graduation with a job already lined up for months in Grand Rapids, Mich.

"The biggest relief of my entire year, honestly," Vallier said upon finding out she was offered a job. "I don't think it was a question of if I was going to get one, but when, and who."

While Vallier was confident her major would land her a good offer, she admits it's not the case for everyone.

"I know other people in other majors who were having a lot more difficult time finding things and they had to have a lot of experience," she said.

While hiring might be up, pay is not.

The survey shows 61 percent will be offering grads the same starting pay they did last year, with 56 percent planning to pay new grads less than $40,000 a year.


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