Internships pave way for new grads' employment
Only 37% of college graduates nationwide have jobs lined up, while 55% have negative employment outlooks.
That’s according to a news release Tuesday from Olathe, Kansas-based MidAmerica Nazarene University, which surveyed roughly 2,000 seniors and recent college graduates across the country.
Meanwhile, 62% of graduates selected their majors based on employment forecasts, and 20% changed majors because of them, pollsters found.
Survey respondents were age 20 to 24 and 53% men. Sixty-five percent attended public universities; 26%, private ones; and 9%, community, vocational or technical schools.
In Oklahoma, average unemployment among workers ages 20 to 24 is 6%, compared with 3.5% for ages 25 to 34, 2.9% to ages 35 to 44, 2.5% for ages 45 to 54, and 1.6% for ages 55 to 64, the state Employment Security Commission said.
Commission economist Lynn Gray said higher unemployment among younger workers is natural, because they are less educated and less experienced.
Meanwhile, internships continue to set up strong job prospects, as they have for the daughters of two of my girlfriends.
Roxanne Breshears of Edmond and a 2019 finance graduate of Texas Christian University, next month will start a six-month accelerated career track program with Bank of Oklahoma, before moving to Houston with BOK in January. Gretchen Cash of San Diego and a recent film graduate/business minor of New York University will join the BBC in New York.
Breshears completed a paid internship with the BOK in the summer of 2017 after her sophomore year. She said she met representatives from the financial organization at a career fair at TCU.
Cash completed four internships — two paid — including with “Say Yes to the Dress,” “National Geographic Living Dangerously,” “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” and the BBC, said her mother, Oklahoma City native and Oklahoma State University graduate Kathy Brown Cash.
“The BBC already knew her and she liked working there,” Cash said. “Internships give students and the employer an opportunity to learn about each other."