They’ve taken their last final, attended their last frat party, and been handed their diplomas. What are the college graduates of 2009 to do now? Facing a bleak economy and a high unemployment rate, recent graduates have lots of challenges to overcome in order to land their first job. According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, only about 19% of graduates who have applied for jobs have actually lined one up. By comparison, last year 25% had nailed down a job by graduation.
Universum, an employer branding firm, recently released its list of dream job employers for this year’s graduates. The list was complied from a survey of 60,000 college students.
Editors at Hoover’s took a look at the list and checked if any of those dream employers are hiring.
Most college students have spent their formative years Googling just about everything, so it’s no surprise that this Internet company landed near the top of the list (plus employee perks like free lunches and on-site massage therapy are legendary). But the company has not been immune to tough economic times. Google laid off some 100 recruiters and cut another 200 jobs during the past year – some of the biggest layoffs in company history. Development of several projects also has been delayed or completely shut down.
Wishing upon a star might help graduates land a job at the Magic Kingdom. The company, which operates film, television, and theme park divisions, employs a workforce of about 150,000. It laid off nearly 2,000 workers in Orlando and California earlier this year. But Mickey is still hiring. Some 250 job postings (from visual development artist to laundry equipment mechanic) are listed on Disney’s website.
3. Apple Inc.
Computer maker Apple expects a lot out of its 10,000 employees. But if designing the latest iPod or landing the job of “genius” at one of Apple’s 200 retail stores is on a grad’s wish list, they just might have a chance.
A lot of graduates are looking to the US government for stable job opportunities. The State Department hires Americans to work in the US and around the world, including Iraq, where workers get salary plus danger pay.
Another popular government employer, the FBI operates out of more than 460 offices throughout the world. The FBI has actually been holding hiring blitzes as it tries to fill just over 2,100 professional staff jobs and 850 special agent posts. It’s one the largest hiring initiatives in the agency’s history.
Stability is probably among this accounting stalwart’s biggest strengths. The firm has 700 offices in 140 countries, employing some 135,000 number crunchers.
7. Peace Corps
Running off to join the Peach Corps hasn’t lost its appeal or its relevancy. Since 1961 the agency has sent nearly 200,000 volunteers to places such as Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central and South America. After sending out dozens of resumes and going on countless interviews only to be turned down, more grads are looking to the Peace Corps as a way to jump start a career.
Graduates who dream of walking on the moon (or even traveling to Mars) dream about working for NASA. With plans to retire the space shuttle program by 2010 and sending another man to the moon by 2020, NASA has its hands full. It’s hiring a variety of workers including accountants, aerospace engineers, and computer scientists (not just astronauts).
This organization offers recent college graduates loans and other financial assistance if they commit to teaching two years in urban and rural public schools. Some 6,200 members are teaching in 29 schools across the US. About 35,000 people expressed interest in joining Teach for America this year.
The CIA looks for qualified individuals in all different fields, especially language, science, and technology. Applicants to the CIA are expected to have a college degree and a minimum GPA of 3.0. Oh, and you have to be willing to relocate to Washington, D.C. and successfully complete a polygraph test, medical examination, and a background check.