Before you know it, fall will be here and you will be counting down to commencement.
Cap and Gown; check.
Final projects; check.
I would like you to add one other thing to your checklist if you have not already done so. Visit the career center on your campus. If you attend a HBCU you can find a list of HBCU career centers here.
Two pieces of data you should know:
1. Employers share with career centers their hiring projections for the following year. For example, employers said they planned to hire 9.6% more graduates from the Class of 2015 than they did for the Class of 2014. This is valuable information you can get from your career center. Source National Association of Colleges and Employers)
2. Although the national unemployment rate stood at 6.7% at the end of February 2014, the unemployment rate among African Americans is above 12%. (Source Bureau of Labor Statistics)
What should that mean to you? It means that African Americans have a tougher time in the job market. Until that changes, that is the reality with which we live and so preparation is key to being competitive.
Graduation is a hectic time but smart college grads will find a way to fit a job search strategy into pre and post graduation plans.