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Get to Work: Georgian Court Career Pro Examines Student Preparation for 2015 Job Market 

Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2015— According to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers expect to hire 9.6 percent more new U.S. college graduates this year than they did last year.

This is great news for Georgian Court University’s class of 2015 and others nationwide, but students will still face challenges during their job search.

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Kathleen Brady is a veteran advisor to job seekers and directs the GCU Office of Career Services

“The jobs are there, but you still have to figure out how to get to the right person,” said Kathleen Brady, director of career services at Georgian Court University. “Students still need to focus on networking and on articulating what it is they have to offer. Employers always want to know how a new hire can help them achieve their mission.”

Networking skills and the self-knowledge required for a successful job search are skills that take time to acquire, and the best-prepared graduates are those who have been preparing themselves throughout their academic career. “Some students wait until the first warm day in March of their senior year to come to the Office of Career Services for help in finding a job,” said Ms. Brady, who recently released Get a Job! 10 Steps to Career Success. “But that is too late. We want to engage students in their first year and connect with them throughout their four-year academic career here.”

Four years may seem like a long time to prepare for a job search, but the GCU Office of Career Services aims to interact with students in specific ways at each stage of their academic career. “For first-year students, we just get them to think about their dreams; to envision their future selves. Then in their sophomore year, we talk to them about how their activities and decisions today are going to impact their long-term goals.

“The jobs are there, but you still have to figure out how to get to the right person.”

READ MORE:
Kathleen Brady answers tough questions on job search difficulties


An earlier start on the job search helps

“Junior year is when we talking to them about all the skills they’ll need for the workplace, like communication, leadership, teamwork” she says. “By their senior year, students are ready to get down to the mechanics of finding a job.”

The job search methods that the GCU seniors are learning in 2015 are dramatically different from those of a decade ago. The new job search landscape relies heavily on both technology and person-to-person relationships, according to Ms. Brady. “Those in the Class of 2015 who have mastered skills in both areas are well positioned to find jobs when they graduate,” she says, emphasizing there is another important element that makes the difference between someone who is or is not successful in the job market. “You have to believe you can make it happen,” she says.

MEDIA NOTE: Kathleen Brady, director of career services at Georgian Court University and a veteran career coach, author and blogger, is available for interviews. She can be reached directly at 732.987.2415 or kbrady@georgian.edu

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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Get to Work: Georgian Court Career Pro Examines Student Preparation for 2015 Job Market 

Lakewood, N.J., May 5, 2015— According to a recent report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, employers expect to hire 9.6 percent more new U.S. college graduates this year than they did last year.

This is great news for Georgian Court University’s class of 2015 and others nationwide, but students will still face challenges during their job search.

KathleenB

Kathleen Brady is a veteran advisor to job seekers and directs the GCU Office of Career Services

“The jobs are there, but you still have to figure out how to get to the right person,” said Kathleen Brady, director of career services at Georgian Court University. “Students still need to focus on networking and on articulating what it is they have to offer. Employers always want to know how a new hire can help them achieve their mission.”

Networking skills and the self-knowledge required for a successful job search are skills that take time to acquire, and the best-prepared graduates are those who have been preparing themselves throughout their academic career. “Some students wait until the first warm day in March of their senior year to come to the Office of Career Services for help in finding a job,” said Ms. Brady, who recently released Get a Job! 10 Steps to Career Success. “But that is too late. We want to engage students in their first year and connect with them throughout their four-year academic career here.”

Four years may seem like a long time to prepare for a job search, but the GCU Office of Career Services aims to interact with students in specific ways at each stage of their academic career. “For first-year students, we just get them to think about their dreams; to envision their future selves. Then in their sophomore year, we talk to them about how their activities and decisions today are going to impact their long-term goals.

“The jobs are there, but you still have to figure out how to get to the right person.”

READ MORE:
Kathleen Brady answers tough questions on job search difficulties


An earlier start on the job search helps

“Junior year is when we talking to them about all the skills they’ll need for the workplace, like communication, leadership, teamwork” she says. “By their senior year, students are ready to get down to the mechanics of finding a job.”

The job search methods that the GCU seniors are learning in 2015 are dramatically different from those of a decade ago. The new job search landscape relies heavily on both technology and person-to-person relationships, according to Ms. Brady. “Those in the Class of 2015 who have mastered skills in both areas are well positioned to find jobs when they graduate,” she says, emphasizing there is another important element that makes the difference between someone who is or is not successful in the job market. “You have to believe you can make it happen,” she says.

MEDIA NOTE: Kathleen Brady, director of career services at Georgian Court University and a veteran career coach, author and blogger, is available for interviews. She can be reached directly at 732.987.2415 or kbrady@georgian.edu

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court’s main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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