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Job Market On The Rebound In Time For New Students Graduating From College

With fall semesters approaching at many major Oklahoma colleges and universities, experts say this new batch of graduates could have better chances of finding a job.

The 2020 graduates were and still face an uphill battle, but the good news for them and the 2021 graduates is that experts say the job market is slowly recovering.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 33 percent of 2020 college graduates were unemployed in October 2020.

According to a survey by job site Monster, 45 percent of 2020 graduates are still looking for a permanent job.

Jessica Hendrick, a career services coordinator at The Ohio State University in Tulsa, says she’s glad the job market is back in recovery after a tough year, but she still remembers how tough it was when the pandemic started.

“There was a lot of feeling helpless and you’re giving advice, but you didn’t really know if that advice was going to help,” Hendrick said.

There are signs of optimism for 2021 university graduates.

A study from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 7.2 percent more graduates than 2020 graduates are expected.

Kevin Koeman is a senior at Ohio State University Tulsa who actually got a job before graduating.

He says that if he wasn’t using all of his resources, he might still have been deep in his job search.

“I haven’t had much luck with online searches, Indeed and other things,” Koeman said. “So, job fairs and job fairs have been great at helping me.”

Koeman hopes that recent graduates will also be able to find the help they need to secure their careers and future.

“There are many things within the community here in Tulsa that can help you prepare for a job interview,” Koeman said. “Getting ready for jobs and helping you find jobs.”

The National Association of Colleges and Employers also says that employers plan to hire 26.6 percent of new graduates from the 2022 class compared to 2021.

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