Officials at West Virginia Universitys Career Services Center are optimistic about December graduates finding jobs and say that employers continue to contact the University with job openings at a record rate.

Many employers are guardedly optimistic,said David L. Durham, director of the WVU Career Services Center .They feel that even though the economy has been unpredictable, the market should bounce back fairly quickly.

Despite tough economic times, employers have shown up in large numbers at WVU job fairs this year. More than 100 employers participated in a campuswide job fair in September, Durham said, and an engineering job fair in October drew about 150 employers.

I am often asked how we manage to attract so many high-quality employers to campus, and my answer is always the same,Durham said.Getting them here the first time is easy. The reputation of our graduates is our best recruiting tool. Once an employer hires a WVU grad, he is anxious to return to hire more.

WVU has an 85-90 percent job placement rate, when comparing the number of students who look for jobs prior to graduation and the number of students who have job offers at the time of graduation, Durham said. In many cases, programs such as nursing and pharmacy have 100 percent placement rates.

Employers have also been lining up for graduates with degrees in physical therapy, dentistry and general medicine.

We cant graduate enough of them,Durham said.

Graduates with degrees in many engineering disciplines are in high demand as well, and according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers , engineers are the highest paid graduates with a four-year degree.

The Career Services Center offers a variety of tools for students looking to begin their careers after college.

Durham strongly encourages every WVU student to register on the Universitys online career assistance software, MountaineerTRAK . MountaineerTRAK job kiosks are located in key areas across campus and allow students to access employment information related to their major simply by swiping their Mountaineer Card.

A seminar series is held every semester for students interested in learning more about resume writing, interview skills and the job search process. The seminars are available every Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Career Services Center.

Students who prefer one-on-one time can meet with a career counselor to talk about resume writing, interview skills, job searching and other career-related concerns. Career counselors can also assist students by editing their resumes and performing mock interviews.

To schedule an appointment, students can call 304-293-2221, e-mail ” rel=nofollow> or stop by the Career Services Center in Room 133 of the Mountainlair.

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