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Study: College grad hiring to increase in 2014

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A recent survey finds more employers are expected to hire recent college graduates this year than last year, which could be good news for some UW-Madison students about to graduate on Saturday.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey finds employers plan to hire 8.6 percent more 2014 graduates than were hired from the class of 2013, which is up from earlier projections. Nearly half of those employers who responded say they're increasing college hiring, particularly in accounting, engineering and computer sciences.

It can be more difficult for students in other fields. UW senior Deanna Luzenski is graduating this year from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Genetics program. She hopes to one day become a genetic counselor, to help people at risk of inheriting genetic disease. Luzenski applied for highly-competitive graduate schools but unfortunately didn't get in. So earlier this semester, she got to work to find a job.

"I wanted to get going, I wanted to start the rest of my life," says Luzenski. "I started applying for a lot of things. I wasn't exactly sure what I wanted to do and I knew that through interviewing I would get more of a focus of what I wanted to do."

Luzenski isn't the only one in that position. CALS Associate Director of Career Services Megan O'Rourke tells 27 News about a quarter of the more than 4,000 CALS students typically graduate without securing a job. 40 percent go on to some sort of professional school.

For those searching for a job, the Career Services offices throughout campus are a way to make that search a little easier.

"You're not used to selling yourself in those contexts and that's a lot of what we do is to help students sell themselves to employers," says O'Rourke. "Helping them articulate that research experience in a lab, or that internship on their resume, so that they're telling a story and they're not just assuming employers know the experiences that they've had or the skills they've developed from those experiences."

CALS is still waiting for graduating seniors to turn in their graduation surveys this year to find out how many will be leaving UW with a job lined up.

Luzenski won't have to wait to get to work. After just a few months of searching, she accepted a lab job in town.

"I'm really excited to start in just under a week," she says. "I'll be starting on Monday."

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A recent survey finds more employers are expected to hire recent college graduates this year than last year.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey finds employers plan to hire 8.6 percent more 2014 graduates than were hired from the class of 2013, which is up from earlier projections. Nearly half of those employers who responded say they're increasing college hiring, particularly in accounting, engineering and computer sciences.

Tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6, we'll hear from UW-Madison career advisors on the job outlook for local students.

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