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Mid-Michigan college seniors see improving job prospects

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(04/10/13) - In a few weeks, hundreds of Mid-Michigan college seniors will be graduating. But what are their job prospects? Better than they were a few years ago.

Robert Burack of Byron will be graduating from UM-Flint May 5 with a bachelor's degree in political science. Two organizations are interested in hiring him.

"I was really surprised. I think it's a competitive job market and so I was expecting to have to look for work for some time," Burack said.

Burack's not the only one meeting with success. The National Association of Colleges and Employers is predicting new college graduate hiring will be up 13 percent as compared to last year.

"I would say prospects are very good for all graduating seniors," said Kimberly Wheat of the UM-Flint Academic Advisory and Career Center.

"The friends who have really done internships and have had real world experience coupled with their education are finding some success in the job market," Burack said.

Computer sciences and engineering fields are red hot.

"We're really happy that there's a demand out there for technical talent," said Venetia Petteway, cooperative education program director at Kettering University.

A recent job fair at Kettering University in Flint attracted 130 companies. 250 seniors will be soon be graduating from the school and many will be employed soon after they receive their diplomas.

"About 98 percent have job opportunities at least up to six months after graduation," Petteway said.

In 2009, job prospects for seniors graduating with engineering degrees were dismal. But in the past year or so, things have turned around dramatically. And it's not only the technical fields that are hiring.

"We are also seeing a lot of growth for accounting and business students as well," Wheat said.

And more openings are being created in education.

"I would say definitely more teaching positions are opening up across the state of Michigan," Wheat said.

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