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NMSU graduates will see cautiously optimistic job outlook

Despite recent corporation layoffs and other signs of an economic downturn, New Mexico State University's spring graduates can be cautiously optimistic about entering the job market, said Steve Salway, director of NMSU's placement and career services.

sly the job market for college graduates isn't going to be as rosy as it's been the last couple of years; it's been a phenomenal market. However, I don't think it's going to be as bad as people suspect," Salway said. "Job offers may be a little slower in coming, but they are out there."

Job openings vary by career field and discipline. For example, government agencies and public schools are booming right now, Salway said.

He added that the spring 2001 semester saw a 5 percent increase in the number of employers coming to campus to recruit NMSU students.

Employers are attracted to NMSU graduates because of the work ethic they develop during their education through co-ops and internships, Salway said.

"NMSU is positioned better than most colleges because of our diversified employer relations," said Judy Shaffner, coordinator of employer relations for NMSU's placement and career services.

Shaffner explained that while some markets are declining others have an increased need for new college graduates. She said the number of government agencies recruiting at NMSU increased by 22 percent during the spring semester.

Salway said the majority of NMSU's more than 1,000 students graduating in May already have jobs or will in the next few months.

Some NMSU students graduating in May have already signed contracts with employers such as Sandia National Labs, Wal Mart, Raytheon and NASA-Johnson Space Center. They will be scattered across the country, from New Mexico to Arizona to Indiana, Shaffner said.

"NMSU graduates' willingness to relocate has helped position them in the job market," Salway said. "NMSU also benefits from our multi-cultural environment. Employers are attracted to our more than 40 percent minority enrollment along with our high academic standing."

Salway said the on-campus recruiting program has worked with more than 600 students this semester.

He said successful job-seekers are those with the most comprehensive networks of people supporting their efforts.

"Having choice is the bottom line," he said. "The more people willing to help you and the more time you put into it the better your choices will be."

"It's partly a numbers game," Shaffner said. "The more interviews you go on the more offers you may receive."