In tough job market, MU Career Center sees increase in employment-seeking seniors

Apr 25, 2012

An analysis of government data conducted by The Associated Press shows that one in every two new graduates is either unemployed or underemployed. The University of Missouri is encouraging students to use on campus resources to help them secure jobs after graduation.

The MU Career Center offers useful services including CV reviewing and interview training. Career Specialist Sarah Almahmoud says traffic in the center has increased recently.

“All you can do as a student I guess is do your best to be prepared and then it’s also a question of luck. I mean obviously preparation is a big thing and it does help when you’re pro-active about things like that but obviously things like the economy, that’s not something we can influence,” Almahmoud said.

MU Career Services Director Stephanie Chipman says it’s not all doom and gloom for graduates.

“NACE - the National Association of Colleges and Employers, their most recent survey indicates that college hiring is up 10.2% nationally over what the rate was last year,” Chipman said.

According to the report, graduates who majored in zoology, anthropology and philosophy were among the least likely to find jobs in their fields; those with nursing, teaching, accounting and computer science degrees were among the most likely.