Poor economy dashes hopes for soon-to-be-graduates

By Paul Williams
February 28, 2002

The economy has been slowing down for quite some time now. Yes, the popular misconception that the economy was perfect before 9-11, is false. However, it has gotten worse.

This comes as bad news for pending college graduates across the country. Four years of hard work and no pay off. What’s the deal with that?

The job market is certainly not as plentiful as it once was, but it is by no means dry. According to the article on page 1 there are still opportunities available. They may not be in the specific area that you would like, but it is only temporary.

There are simple things that students can do to make the job search much easier. The most important, however, is to start early. If you are a senior and have not even begun to think about where you want to apply than you’re hurting yourself. Start as early as possible. Plenty of people land jobs by October of their senior year. The market isn’t as flooded then as it is in May, so do yourself a favor and get moving.

Another major option to consider is graduate school. It may not be what you were thinking about last year, but now it might seem like a good idea. By the time you get out of grad school the job market could be in a much better place than it is now. Plus having the master’s degree doesn’t look too shabby on that finely tuned resume.

Access from anywhere?

To be fair, it hasn’t been very long since the Cabrini library has set up its new access from anywhere network. The network offers some truly amazing research materials such as full text editions of every single article from the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1981. Most newspaper web sites will charge you at least 2 dollars per article, this is free. But since it has been set up, people off campus have had a difficult time signing on. From the college it’s fine, but that’s not the point. Hopefully the kinks get worked out ASAP.

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