Employment for graduates scarce

By Paul Williams
April 24, 2003

Angelina Wagner

The fluctuating economy, and the unsure effect of war on the economy, Cabrini students wonder what finding a job will be like after graduation.

“Getting hired now is harder now than it was a few years ago,” John Heiberger, chairperson of business administration, said. “Seniors should have began searching weeks ago for a job after graduation, and it wouldn’t hurt juniors to start searching now.”

Renee Tomcanin, who graduated in December and is currently searching for a job, said, “People graduating now are at a disadvantage. There are a lot of jobs in sales and some in education, but the creative market does not have too many openings.”

Kristen Luft, a senior marketing major, will be graduating in the spring and is worried about what the job search will be like. “I’m concerned because Philadelphia is an area with the most colleges around, and it will probably be really hard to find a job with all of that competition.”

Heiberger said, “It is important for students to attend college fairs to see what companies and firms are looking for. Having a resume on an electronic database is important because it is something that firms are using now.” He suggested that Cabrini students utilize “the co-op office on campus where they can get help on their resumes,” and for students to “network as much as possible,” especially if they have the opportunity to attend professional events and meetings.

Stacey Gregoretti, a special education/elementary education major, has had a positive response in her job search efforts. Gregoretti is a student intern at Don Guanella and works with severe and profound children.

“I want to go into anything that has to do with special education,” Gregoretti said. “So far I have received a great response to my job search and some offers.”

Heiberger said companies look for similar qualifications in a job candidate. “Written and oral communication, strong analytical skills, computer literacy and the technical skills are all important to employers. Past work experience is a must, which makes co-ops and internships all the more important.”

posted to the web by Alaina Robinson

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