Good jobs news for new college grads

Good jobs news for new college grads

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 8:01 PM

PORTLAND -- Even in a tight job market, there is good news for the graduating class of 2014.

A new CareerBuilder survey finds more employers plan to hire new grads.

During the height of the great recession, college grads were at the bottom of the hiring ladder.

This year, recent graduates are starting to climb again.

This weekend, some 1100 University of Portland students will receive their diplomas. And many with degrees in hand know what their first job will be once they graduate.

According to CareerBuilder, of the 2,138 hiring managers surveyed, 57 percent indicated they plan to hire new grads this year.

This is up from 53 percent last year and 44 percent in 2010. And if you're a business major, more good news -- 39 percent of employers want to hire students with those degrees.

Many colleges are realizing the need for both the classroom and real-world learning.

The University of Portland has designed a program specifically focused on professional development.

"The networking, the internships, the job shadow, the informational interviews. The more of those we can do and apply them to the classroom, the better our students are, the more successful they are when they get out there," said Brian Adams, Associate Professor, University of Portland.

As far as money is concerned, more companies indicated they will be offering the same starting pay as last year.

Most annual salaries will start out less than $40,000.

Perhaps the biggest take away is that even entry-level jobs are more complex than they used to be, so employers are expecting more from those new hires.

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