SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — College graduates are preparing for graduation day and they’re looking ahead to their careers.
One national job outlook survey says employers expect to hire 13 percent more new college graduates this year than they did last.
Western New England University hosted a career fair on Thursday.
Ninety-five employers were represented, an impressive number says Wil Lemire, WNEU’s Career Development Center Director.
“In my tenure here about 18 years at Western New England, I’ve never seen such a capacity on the part of employers and if that’s an indicator, it looks pretty good,” says Lemire.
We spoke to college students and employers about the job market for 2013 and from what they’ve told us. It looks like the market is improving says Hannah Butler of Lenox American Saw.
“The job market is good. We have been recruiting a lot in the past 6 months and actually over the past year,” says Butler.
Students like Hannah Berling are prepared and optimistic about entering the job world.
“I’m generally looking. At this point, I’m very interested in entertainment journalism but really where I can get my foot in the door is where I’m looking at this point,” says Berling.
Other students like Luigi Raffa are starting early in their push for a job when they graduate.
“I know it’s really hard right now and marketing’s a really competitive field which I’m majoring in but if I start early, maybe I’ll get my name out there,” says Raffa.
Others like Taylor Demirjian feel that when they graduate their chances for getting a job will be better than today.
“I think I’ll definitely have a little better shot. It’s slowly improving, so I think they’re getting a better shot this year and I’ll have it a little better than they did when I graduate,” says Demirjian.
Besides 95 employers present, eight area colleges were represented at the career fair.