graduate degrees make students more attractive to employers

Graduate students found themselves with more job opportunities than in previous years. Credit: Zachary Rilley | photo editor

As the percentage of people obtaining a bachelor’s degree increases, it has become more important to continue their education to remain competitive in the job market.

Karin Jordan, assistant dean of graduate development and engagement, said in an email that employers today value students with a bachelor’s degree or higher, which could make it difficult for students to stand out. so easily without a graduate degree.

“There was a time when graduates with bachelor’s degrees stood out,” Jordan said. “However, around 2015, one in three adults obtained a baccalaureate. Today, employers value higher education.

According to the 2022 National Association of Colleges and Employers‘ Employment Outlook Survey, employers expect to hire 31.6% more college graduates from the Class of 2022. That number is up 5% from last fall’s forecast for the Class of 2022.

Jordan said that in such a competitive job market, those with advanced degrees are more likely to stand out.

“Today’s bachelor’s degrees are often required for entry-level positions and/or advancement,” Jordan said. “More than 80% of jobs in four of the fastest growing professions – health, STEM, education and government services – require post-secondary education.”

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that workers will hold an average of 10.8 different jobs between the ages of 18 and 42 alone.

Jordan said he was pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. is very valuable for developing the versatility of the workforce. She said it makes graduate student skills attract a wider variety of career options.

“Transferable skills are becoming increasingly important and something students can develop as part of their education,” Jordan said.

Jordan said uneven rates of record job creations in some fields and declines in others could pose a challenge for graduating students. However, she said Ohio State resources could be helpful for graduate students to address these issues.

“There are career fairs hosted by various colleges each fall and spring semester, which is a great way to connect with potential future employers,” Jordan said. “Networking at these events is important.”

Jordan said that in addition to job search sessions, the Buckeye Career Center offers career advice, help with resumes, interviews, and even professional attire for graduate students.

Nancy Thompson, director of Buckeye Careers, said the center conducts graduation surveys every semester to get feedback on how graduate students perform in the professional field.

“What we see is that from the survey itself, about 90.5% of these students have accepted a position, or stayed in their current position or are considering job offers,” said Thompson said.

Thompson said on-campus career resources allow students to stay connected with employers looking to hire, as well as a series of networking events.

“We’re going to have a graduate and vocational school fair in the spring,” Thompson said. “We’re really trying to be more robust and attract more employers to campus who are interested in recruiting professional graduate students.”

Jordan said the graduate school expands career options for students while encouraging expertise in a chosen field and teaches students the value of becoming a global citizen by encouraging diversity, equity, inclusion and righteousness.

“Becoming a lifelong learner by accessing this training as an alumni will ensure graduates remain relevant in their professions and help them grow,” Jordan said.

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