3OYS: More recent college grads expected to be hired in 2014


by Warren Trent


Posted on April 26, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Apr 27 at 10:28 AM

PHOENIX -- It's the season for commencement and a time for college grads to celebrate their hard-earned degrees.

With it comes hope for a bright future and especially a well-paying job.

Lance Rao just graduated with a business degree from Grand Canyon University and already has landed a job.

"It all started off with an intern program through GCU with Northwestern Mutual and now it's leading to me converting to full-time coming after graduation," he said.

Rao has a lot of company when it comes to new grads finding work.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 8.6 percent more grads will be hired this year compared to 2013. The areas of accounting, business and engineering are leading the way.

GCU President Brian Mueller said, "That report, we're feeling that. We're very excited."

Mueller said there are 8,500 students on the GCU campus. With new construction, thousands more will be on campus next fall.

Mueller expects 100 percent of nursing students will find work in the coming months. He said business grads like Rao also do very well.

"We're anticipating around 90 percent of our business grads being placed within six months of graduation so we're very excited about that," he said.

Jackie Smith is Director of Career Services at GCU. She credits a better economy and a successful job fair that has employers going after the class of 2014.

"They want to hire our grads," she said. "They're calling our office every single week saying, 'When are they graduating? When can we talk to them? Can we get in and interview them?' So I haven't seen that in the last several years so we're seeing definitely an increase."