“I think the outlook is bright,” Burgess said. “When you look at the opportunities across the state, there are more than enough opportunities for recent grads to find a job.”
In the long term, Burgess said he expects the job outlook for recent grads to improve, thanks to collaborations between community colleges and businesses to create and offer applied bachelor’s degrees. Kasich signed off on the concept of specialized four-year degrees at two-year schools in June when he signed into law his last state budget. Sinclair is one of a few colleges that have made it through every round of approval so far to offer at least two degrees.
“I think that could be a game changer for our regional economies across the state,” Burgess said.
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Competition has heated up among employers looking to hire recent grads, said Jeff Reep, career services director at Cedarville University. Employers are offering signing bonuses to secure grads, said Reep, and they’re offering them jobs months in advance of graduation.
Dayton Children’s Hospital held a job fair on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, at the Marriott at the University of Dayton to recruit for its main campus and Springboro campus. Positions sought were staff nurses, clinical support, clerical support, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, environmental services, patient access and pharmacy. JIM NOELKER / STAFF
Reep was told of one Cedarville student looking for a job in computer science and was offered a starting salary above $90,000. The student made a counter offer of $102,000 and the company granted his request.
“I don’t think that would have happened a few years ago,” Reep said.
Students who haven’t yet found a job may have a chance to find one during the state’s “In-Demand Jobs Week” during the first week of May. The week includes a number of events and career fairs around Ohio, according to the state.
Finding a job isn’t a concern for Wright State University graduate Jordan Large Kingsley though, because she’s already found one.
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Kingsley studied urban affairs and management at Wright State and participated in Saturday’s commencement ceremony at the Nutter Center. She’ll be using her degree right out of school because she accepted a job offer in January to work in the Dayton city manager’s office.
Kingsley called herself lucky to have a job nailed down before graduation. But, she’s not alone and said a lot of WSU students already know what they’ll be doing after school —a potential sign of just how often Ohio employers are hiring recent grads.
“It is just an overwhelming relief,” Kingsley said. “On top of finals and trying to get all of that figured out, I don’t have to find a job.”
Most in-demand career fields
The fields with the most job opennings, according to experts at Ohio Means Jobs and Cedarville Unviersity.
• Technology and computer science
• Health care industry