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Some NY Colleges Working Hard to Get Grads Jobs

Some NY Colleges Working Hard to Get Grads Jobs

The Daily Star

December 14, 2009

Dec. 12—College work will be key for job-seekers in health care, education and business, where jobs numbers are projected to grow, a federal study of employment said.

However, landing a job after graduation is the result of several factors — including planning, internship experiences and hands-on instruction — based on a student’s interests, area college officials said.

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Many high school students are undecided about a major and a career, and it’s not unusual for college students to change majors, campus officials said this week. Faculty and staff in career planning offices can help students find out about job requirements, employment opportunities and how college years can prepare for life after graduation, they said.

The State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill requires internships for students in bachelor’s degree programs, according to Lisa Lopez, assistant director of career development. The faculty and staff spend a lot of time preparing a student for the internship, setting goals and identifying a site, she said.

“We give the student a lot of support during the search phase,” Lopez said.

SUNY Cobleskill enrolls about 2,685 students.

Lopez said internships are excellent learning experiences and often lead to offers for full-time employment. For example, she said, of 15 students recently reporting on their internships in the information technology field, about a dozen had jobs.

Sarah Hoffman, 20, a junior at SUNY Cobleskill studying childhood education, said the career development staff has been helping her shape her future. She originally wanted to teach toddlers but decided the pay was too low, she said, and she didn’t like her experiences in a practicum to become a kindergarten teacher. A practicum is a course in which students apply learned skills to a situation outside the classroom.