face better job prospects than last year
Kim Billings, Media Relations
More than 2,500 UNH seniors will graduate this week and, according
to national statistics, they have a better chance of finding a job
than their peers a year ago.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers
(NACE), employers expect to hire 11 percent more graduating college
seniors than they hired last year. That projection rings true with
Bethany Cooper, manager of employer relations and recruiting at
the University Advising and Career Center.
At its April Career Fair, Cooper reports 65 employers attended this
year, compared to 27 companies last year. At least 23 internships
were offered to UNH students, and more than 31 students have been
offered jobs. In addition, the UACC posted more than 120 jobs available
to students after graduation and provided those employers with interview
space on campus.
Of the 65 employers taking part in the job fair, 25 reported that
they regularly hire UNH graduating seniors.
“Employers we surveyed say the University of New Hampshire
has a proven track record with providing their workforce with highly
trained students who also are steeped in the tradition of a broad
liberal arts education,” Cooper says.
From informal research, the top occupations appear to be sales,
engineering, health care, entry level finance and service learning
organizations, such as City Year. According to Cooper, the UACC
offers students “soup to nuts” during their undergraduate
career, from early major selection to the final job search during
the senior year.
She explains the UACC works with hundreds of employers, many of
whom are located in New Hampshire. The center hosts four career
and internship fairs annually.
“Some are specific to certain industries, such as an Engineering
and Sciences Career Fair, while others are campus-wide events,”
Cooper says. “We carefully watch industry and job hiring trends
and tailor our efforts to those. For example, this past year, the
fall Business and Engineering Career Fair was added to serve the
employers who do their hiring early in the year. Next year, we will
combine the engineering fair with life sciences and agriculture
to provide a full blown engineering and sciences fair for industries
such as biotechnology, medical devices and pharmaceutical.”
The center also offered this year a diversity networking luncheon
series, co-hosted by the Alumni Organization, the Whittemore School
placement office and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs,
that connected UNH students of diverse backgrounds and cultures
with employers from various industries. Students of color attended
networking workshops via the UACC in advance of the event to hone
their job search networking skills.
“The success of this event was so great that we plan to host
four throughout the academic year beginning the fall,” Cooper
says. The UACC also added a weekly walk-in career counseling hour
The UACC continues to develop a key relationship with the AlumniAssociation.
UNH Alumni play an integral role in the job search process from
acting as mentors to actually recruiting UNH students, according
“We tell our students that 80 percent of jobs are acquired
via networking and our alumni base is a natural place to start,”
she explains. “The Alumni Association joined the UACC at our
career fairs and seminars to promote the value of that network as
a resource and to keep future alumni connected with UNH.”