URI's director of career services
has good news for this year's graduates
KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 12, 2000 -- The director of Career Services
at the University of Rhode Island has good news for college graduates seeking
to enter the work force this spring.
"Business growth is leading employers to increase the number of
positions for college graduates overall by 14.5 percent," said Director
Bobbi Koppel, who cited a survey by the National Association of Colleges
She added that 20 percent of employers are shifting hiring strategies
to increase positions for college graduates, and 50 percent said they would
hire more college graduates this year.
"Initial results at URI show students getting multiple offers in
technical and non-technical disciplines with offers topping the $50,000
mark for bachelor's degree candidates," said Koppel.
Among the hot majors are accounting, marketing, economics/finance, computer
science, and computer, electrical and mechanical engineering. All are providing
significant salary offer increases over last year, Koppel said.
"At URI, the top five industries with job postings on our BEACON
system are engineering, finance, manufacturing, sales and technology,"
BEACON is URI's state-of-the-art web-based recruiting program launched
Koppel said top jobs listed on BEACON are accounting, computer science/management
information systems, computer and electrical engineers; management, retail,
wholesale and service; marketing and telemarketing.
"Our job fairs in Health and Human Services demonstrate a strong
need for health and human services professionals; mental health counselors,
camp counselors, nurses and pharmacists," Koppel said.
"We receive numerous job postings in biotechnology for scientists
and researchers as well," she added. "Our teacher job fair reflects
the national trend-in addition to a shortage in employees all across the
board, teachers are highly sought after."
For those in the liberal arts, Koppel said the opportunities are almost
limitless. Not only are students with degrees in English, history and psychology
following traditional career paths such as teaching, communications and
counseling, they are also being sought out in the industries of marketing,
entertainment, finance, and business forecasting. "These are the individuals
with great communication skills, and they know how to work within a team,"
Koppel said. "These graduates can analyze and make sense out of complex
material, and then put it in terms average populations can understand."
Liberal arts majors are also seeing 5 to 7 percent increases in salary
offers from last year.
Even journalism majors are finding that this new technology-driven economy
is expanding their job choices and salary levels. In the past, a person
with an interest in reporting would focus primarily on newspapers, magazines,
television or radio. Now, however, journalism majors can find work at news
web sites, many run by traditional media outlets, and those being developed
independently, Koppel said.
"In addition to increasing opportunities for graduating students,
a major trend is employers hiring and paying undergraduates through internships,
summer jobs, and co-ops," Koppel said. "Even some first-year
students are working on their resumes to land jobs that provide work experience
and reality testing."
For more information, click on http://career.uri.edu. For those employers
who wish to post job opportunities with URI, please call Peggy Ferguson,
assistant director of Career Services, at 874-2583.
For Information: Bobbi Koppel, 401-874-5177, Dave Lavallee,