Will Grads Have to Leave Michigan For A Job?

By: Tony Tagliavia Email
By: Tony Tagliavia Email

Roughly 2,500 students walked off the stage this weekend with a degree from Michigan State University.

Jeremy Boyd wasn't among them. He'll be graduating about a year from now. But he's already thinking about a job.

"I'm looking for IT management, information technology management," Boyd said Tuesday.

He's just the kind of graduate the state wants to hold on to, but Boyd says he'll probably look elsewhere.

"The job creation here is not where most people feel it should be," he said.

And those out-of-state offers can be tempting.

"Many of them offer packages that are hard to turn down," said Kelley Bishop, executive director of career services at Michigan State University.

"As we begin to rebuild the job market, at least for our students, it has been on corporations that are coming in from elsewhere to tap the talent we've got," he said.

But with 90 percent of Michigan State students coming from withinthe state, Bishop says many students feel a loyalty to Michigan.

He says seeing out-of-state companies at a job fair doesn't always mean out-of-state jobs.

"A suprising number of the companies that may not be based in Michigan are offering jobs that are based in Michigan," Bishop said.

And there are some careers that should have openings for recent MSU grads despite all the talk about the state of Michigan's economy.

"The health care field is still relatively strong. You're seeing another surge in computer science sorts of areas," Bishop said.

Sales and marketing jobs are also growing in Michigan. Bishop says jobs in those two fields now account for 50 percent of the jobs his office comes across.

It all adds up to jobs in Michigan for grads who make an effort to get connected in their chosen fields, he says.

Jeremy Boyd says he's not taking any chances. He's likely headed for graduate school.

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