Job Outlook for Graduates

By: Renee Charles Email
By: Renee Charles Email

The pomp and circumstance continues at Rupp Arena. Tates Creek seniors received their diplomas at one o'clock, Bryan Station graduated its seniors at four and Henry Clay's ceremony is at seven. Dunbar and Lafayette held graduation services yesterday.

While many of those graduates plan to head to college this fall, others are taking a different route. More and more are heading straight for the work force, a road they're finding difficult to travel.

"It's a job to find a job." Maggie Coats with Manpower says jobs are scarce right now because many of the clients they deal with say they're uncertain looking to winter and they just don't know what's in store. Coats says she's been on this job for 21 years and "I have seen this before just not all the industries we work with all at the same time."

That's unfortunate because so many high school graduates are heading straight for the workforce opting not to go to college right away. "Enrollment has stabilized since reform in the 1990's." Dr. John Hayek with the Council on Post Secondary Education says the main culprit for lower enrollment is affordability. "We know tuition has gone up over the years and we're watching that closely." Past trends lead him to believe this may turn around soon. "Most of the time when the economy is down more people head to school to get an education so when the economy turns around they're ready."

According to Manpower, graduates looking for temporary work should find it rather quickly, but full time jobs may take 30-60 days at least.


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