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Job market looking good for recent graduates

Recent graduates shouldn't have a hard time finding a job.

Posted: May 10, 2018 10:17 PM
Updated: May 11, 2018 11:34 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- How hard is it for a recent graduate to find a job? Well, it shouldn't be hard at all.

"We are at 2.9% unemployment for March," said Purdue Fort Wayne Director of Community Research Rachel Blakeman.

In Fort Wayne, there are many jobs available jobs in the STEM careers.

"The more educated you are, the more likely you are to be employees so that looks favorable for new graduates."

May 11th at Ivy Tech, over 1000 students will graduate. Criminal Justice major and veteran Brandon Krontz is one of them.

"I've been doing this for the last 2 1/2 years. I've had a great time going to classes, I wish I would've done it sooner. "

Krontz is graduating with a job at Park Center Inc. helping troubled youth. He says it took a few interviews to find the right career fit for him.

"You may do bad in a couple interviews, but you can learn from that and then you'll finally find the one you're looking for," said Krontz.

Right now, nursing is the job with the most demand in the state. Ivy Tech Director of Career Development Joe McMichael says there are many high-wage, high-demand jobs available.

"Maintenance techs, machinists, welders would be some I indicate are in high demand."

Blakeman says that what unemployment doesn't tell us is if people are working in the jobs they want to have.

"It doesn't make any distinction for folks who are working part-time who wish they were working full-time. We don't have a measure on that in this unemployment rate."

When considering a career path, McMichael says to explore all of your options.

"Learn what professions are in demand, and also maybe get an assessment. We do provide career assessments here at Ivy Tech to help students better understands themselves and that helps better relate the education that they'd pursue," said McMichael.

And when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

"Keep filling out applications, keep going to job interviews because every interview is experience," said Krontz.

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