Dear College Graduates
Written By Dr. Pamela Heilman, PsyD, LCP
First, I want to say, Congratulations! Completing your college degree is an amazing accomplishment. In addition to the regular stressors of getting through college, you managed to do so in the middle of a pandemic! Give yourself credit for the result of your hard work and dedication.
As someone who regularly works with college students, my guess is that you are experiencing a mixture of emotions in light of your graduation. Excitement, pride, fear, and sadness tend to top the list. It is common to experience all of these emotions! While people are congratulating you and patting you on the back, you may be worrying about what to do next or whether you will get a job.
Here are some encouraging statistics for graduates. As Thier (2022) summarizes in Fortune, every year Monster produces a “State of the Graduate” report which provides information on the current job market. According to the latest report, companies will hire 26.6% more college graduates from 2022 than in 2021. Additionally, 72% of employers have increased entry-level salaries in the last 12 months. While many job-seekers assume the employer has the upper hand, 57% of hiring managers indicated that job candidates have the power. Currently, it is estimated to take an average of 4 weeks to fill an entry-level role. This has increased 57% since 2019. Whether you already have a career plan or you are in the process of figuring out your next step, here are some things to keep in mind.
Bring on Gen Z: Hiring the Newest Workers. Monster. https://media.monster.com/marketing/2022/US_BringOnGenZ.pdf
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, OOH FAQs, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/about/ooh-faqs.htm
Career Indecision. Career Research. https://career.iresearchnet.com
Their, J. (2022, April 26). 2022 grads are set to outlearn last year’s cohort-and the year before that. Fortune. https://fortune.com/2022/04/26/2022-grads-set-to-outearn-last-years-cohort/