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Good Time to Enter Job Market for New College Graduates

Graduates throw their caps at the conclusion of the Commencement Ceremony for Hult International Business School
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A new study suggests that recent college graduates have a good chance of finding employment.

The website Career Builder published the survey. The website reports on the U.S. job market.

It found that 67 percent of employers plan to hire new college graduates this year. They also found that 27 percent of employers will be hiring recent graduates for jobs that pay up to $57,000 a year.

Career Builder said the improving economy and the rise in retirements of older workers is raising the need for young professionals.

There is, however, a concern that young graduates are not ready for life after college.

Another Career Builder survey of 2,186 hiring professionals found that they worry new college graduates lack professional experience.

They blame universities for placing too much attention on teaching academic subjects that do not relate to real jobs. The hiring professionals suggest that schools should give more support to experience gained through internships.

They also said universities are not preparing their graduates well enough for jobs that involve new technologies.

The survey found that business, computer science and engineering fields were seeking new workers the most. The biological sciences, architecture and education fields needed fewer new workers.

Career Builder’s advice to young graduates looking for jobs was to follow companies they like on social media. The website also suggested students write blogs about their career interests.

I’m Patrick Merentie.

George Putic reported on this story for VOA. Patrick Merentie adapted it for Learning English. Mario Ritter was the editor.

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Words in This Story

graduates n. someone who has completed studies at a learning institution and received a diploma or degree

survey n. a study in which people are asked questions in order to find out what the public thinks about certain issues

hire v. to give a person work or a job for which they are paid wages or a salary

internshipsn. the period of time when a student or recent graduate who works at a job in order to get experience

social media – n. online digital services that let people communicate and share information

blog n. a web log; a website where someone writes person opinions, activities and experiences