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Mouse over a state to see the number of active missionary jobs in each state. The darker areas on the map show where missionaries earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.
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We spoke to professors and experts from several universities and companies to get their opinions on where the job market for recent graduates is heading, as well as how young graduates entering the industry can be adequately prepared. Here are their thoughts.
Paul Anderson Ph.D.: Three things stand out in resumes: (a) The student's grade point average; if he or she is not getting B's or better, that will likely be a sign of irresponsibility. However, if students have strong GPAs, that shows intelligence, consistency, and a strong work ethic. (b) The extracurricular and internship experiences show that the student is versatile and able to pick up new skills and experiences--leadership and service experiences are also strong indicators of career success. This is why we encourage students' participation in extracurriculars and especially internships in their experiences at George Fox University (c) Perhaps most importantly, strong letters of recommendation say the most. Students known by faculty, who can vouch for their performance records do the most for students seeking employment right out of college.
Paul Anderson Ph.D.: A gap year after high school can help students get several experiences under their belt. Especially if it involves service experiences or international experiences that might broaden a student's perspective or help one learn another language. I would not recommend taking a gap year to make $12 an hour, when a college graduate might be more likely to make twice that much or more, having graduated. It's better to take out a loan and begin to pay it off with one's salary-based career in order, following college graduation--if that occurs.
Paul Anderson Ph.D.: Computer and programming skills will help a person do well in the workplace. Increasingly, graphics design skills will also allow a student to help a business with media and outreach, including sales-related and promotional ventures. Also significant, will be working with website construction and developing language proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. Graduates with those skills will find themselves sought after by potential employers.
One more thing. Preparing students for graduate school (if they choose to undertake application) is also critical. As I think of my students at George Fox University, my successful recommendation rate at top schools in the nation (in my discipline--Yale, Princeton, Emory, Duke, Vanderbilt) is over 90% over the last three decades. We prepare people well, and they do well--a high privilege of service, indeed!