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Employers looking to hire graduates

Employers looking to hire graduates
By: Erica Byfield

PADUCAH, Ky. - The news is great for future college graduates, new data collected by the National Association of Colleges and Employers shows employers plan to hire nearly 20 percent more graduates this year. "I love it; anything I can get my hands dirty with is a bonus" said college student Bryan Atkins.

Hands down Atkins is a car guy "its fun to play around with something like this." Atkins and other University of the Kentucky engineering students at the Paducah campus are spending their spring break working on a Baja Car. "It's a lot of hard work, but it makes me very excited to get to put into practice what we've been through" he said. 

With this extra curricular activity on his resume, plus the fact that he'll graduate with an engineering degree practical makes him a shoe in to get a job.

That is according to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers students in the "service sector" like Atkins have a 17.4 percent higher chance at finding jobs than an average graduate.

William Murphy with UK says he can see why "Right now it's just that engineering is on an up cycle.  Five years ago it was sort of opposite, but today it's a very good job market."

Other fields looking to hire include: banking, accounting, computer-software development and manufacturing.

Survey results show geographically in 2007 companies in the south expect offer jobs to more college graduates.

Back in the lab, Bryan Atkins is still working on the Baja Car; between cranks Atkins says he's pleased to hear companies want to hire new graduates.

But since he's only a junior this year, Atkins' crossing his fingers that the hiring trend in engineering stays strong until 2008.

The survey also shows it maybe a good idea for students go to job and internship fairs too, because 94 percent of employers questioned plan to attend.

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