College grad hiring to increase in 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2014) — As the strains of “Pomp & Circumstance” echo across Indiana college campuses this spring, 2014 university and college graduates in Indiana should be cheered that more employers are hanging out the “Help Wanted” sign.

Businesses expect to hire 7.8 percent more college graduates in 2014 than a year ago, according to a poll by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

57 percent of polled employers say they will hire new grads this year, compared to 53 percent in 2013 and 44 percent in 2010, according to a survey by Harris Poll and CareerBuilder.

Indiana employers are expected to be part of that trend.

“Job market’s tough, there’s a lot of competition,” said Josh Lazaro who received his diploma during IUPUI Commencement ceremonies at the Indiana Convention Center. “I graduated with just six thousand I think here at IUPUI today. Not all education majors but there’s definitely a lot of competition and you’ve got to be in a good social network and know a lot of people to get your foot in the door somewhere.”

Candace Allen is graduating with a degree in Tourism and Event Management and already has two job offers.

“Well, its hard, but, I mean, that’s with any market, so I’m out there,” Candace said as she was accompanied by family members to her second commencement ceremony of the day. “I’m the last of three daughters to graduate from college so I have interviews lined up and hopefully I’ll get them.”

Lazaro celebrated his new diploma with two-month old Cayden in his arms.

“For us it’s the first one in our family to get a four-year degree, a bachelor’s degree, so for him it just paves the way, shows him he can do it and give him a lot of hope.”