Jan 28, 2010 9:58 PM by Matt Stafford

Fighting through a tough job market

In a tight job market, the phones are ringing often at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Career Center. Right now though, a lot of the people asking for help finding a job are alumni.

"They are coming back and saying, "I'm having some trouble in the job market. Can you help?" says Beverly Kratzer, director of the Career Center at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

Kratzer says many students thought they would get out of school, send out resumes and have a job in a few months. However, she thinks focus and planning might have been lacking.

"A shot gun approach just doesn't work anymore," says Kratzer.

Graduate student Sarah Smith understands the concern. "It's hard for us all to know we're going to school, will we get out and have a job?"

Smith is working on a Master's degree and graduates in May. With the current job market, her collegiate career may continue.

"If I don't get a job then school might be the best opportunity for me right now," Smith says.

With today's competition level for jobs, a higher degree can help you stand out to employers.

While higher education might be the route for some, many students just need to focus in on something specific.

"We have students who are about to graduate, they're in the same situation that I'm in, and they suddenly decide, "I have no idea what I want to do with my life,"" says Tehane Lamley, a senior who will graduate in May with a degree in Biology.

Working in the career center has set an example for Lamley, both good and bad. She's already spotted challenges ahead while helping others.

"They just sit there and say, "Oh the economy is bad." Well what are you going to do about it. You have to get out there and, I guess, persevere to get a job," Lamley says.

In the mean time, she can pick up some important characteristics that are hard to get from a textbook.



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