More college graduates have jobs waiting

By Blake Ellis, staff reporter


NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- More college graduates are heading straight into new jobs this year, a study from a college employment group showed Thursday.

The number of college seniors who already have post-graduation jobs lined up jumped to 24.4% this year, up from 19.7% of the graduating class of 2009, according to a study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

While the increase in graduate employment is a positive trend, the uptick may be a result of more students accepting the jobs they are offered as they realize how tough it is to find a job in this economy, Marilyn Mackes, NACE executive director, said in a prepared statement.

It turns out that while more graduates have jobs waiting for them, employers actually extended slightly fewer job offers to this year's graduating class.

NACE said that 39% of students in the graduating class of 2010 said they had received job offers, and 59% of those students took the jobs.

Last year, 40% of graduates were offered jobs, but only 45% accepted the offers.

"There appears to be a greater awareness of the economic realities among this year's graduates, and greater flexibility in the types of jobs they will consider," said Mackes. To top of page

Frontline troops push for solar energy
The U.S. Marines are testing renewable energy technologies like solar to reduce costs and casualties associated with fossil fuels. Play
25 Best Places to find rich singles
Looking for Mr. or Ms. Moneybags? Hunt down the perfect mate in these wealthy cities, which are brimming with unattached professionals. More
Fun festivals: Twins to mustard to pirates!
You'll see double in Twinsburg, Ohio, and Ketchup lovers should beware in Middleton, WI. Here's some of the best and strangest town festivals. Play
Index Last Change % Change
Dow 18,034.93 208.63 1.17%
Nasdaq 4,994.60 62.79 1.27%
S&P 500 2,100.40 19.22 0.92%
Treasuries 1.90 0.04 2.43%
Data as of 5:34am ET
Company Price Change % Change
General Electric Co 27.02 -0.23 -0.84%
Bank of America Corp... 15.57 0.01 0.06%
Apple Inc 127.60 2.84 2.28%
Microsoft Corp 42.90 1.29 3.10%
Facebook Inc 83.09 0.00 0.00%
Data as of Apr 20
Sponsors

Sections

The anti-corruption campaign spearheaded by Chinese President Xi Jinping has produced some astonishing examples of official wrongdoing. More

Jen Glantz is carving out a piece of the wedding industry: as a professional bridesmaid. Here's a look at what that entails. More

Fliers report higher satisfaction levels when it comes to flying, but Spirit Airlines ranks lowest on the American Customer Satisfaction Index Travel Report 2015. More