FREMONT – As new college graduates get set to enter the workforce, many career counselors say that the current job market in Nebraska is excellent for the class of 2019.
The Nebraska Department of Labor estimates that the state will have over 21,000 annual job openings through 2026 in high-skill positions. The National Association of Colleges and Employers recently reported that hiring of college graduates will go up 10.7 percent this year from last year, with the highest-paid occupations being in engineering, computer science, math and sciences, and business.
Executive Director of the Midland University Personal & Career Development Center Connie Kreikemeier says that there are opportunities in many of the university’s different degree programs, including in business, nursing, education, and human services. Kreikemeier also says that employers are looking for a variety of qualities when hiring new grads.
“They want students who graduate to be able to lead their own kind of career, they want them to be able to lead others, to be good communicators, collaborative, and critical thinkers,” Kreikemeier said. “So any advice we can give to students in terms of looking at where they are at now, we try to make those connections to help them develop that plan of where they want to go.”
Of Midland’s 2018 graduates, 93% were either employed, enlisted in the military, or were continuing their education six months post-graduation, with 70% remaining in Nebraska. Kreikemeier says that the university continuously receives feedback from alumni who say that Midland made them feel adequately prepared to take the next step into the job market.
“We’re a strengths-based campus, so we really focus on helping students understand and articulate their strengths and their value, and we build a career around that,” Kreikemeier said. “Overall, our students have reported that they feel like they’re prepared to go out there, and that they feel like we’ve helped them to discover their strengths and their passions.”