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SFSU experts available to discuss job climate for 2005 grads



William Morris
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Outlook for 2005 is better than the past few years, but grads should focus on transferable skills

SAN FRANCISCO, May 12, 2005 -- San Francisco State University offers experts on the job outlook for new college graduates. See below for faculty and staff who can provide trend analyses, expert strategies and comments on career prospects for the class of 2005.

For additional assistance in locating an expert, call the SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications at (415) 338-1665 or visit:

Jack Brewer, director, Career Center
Brewer leads the University's Career Center, responsible for providing employment assistance and career counseling for SFSU's nearly 30,000 students. He has 25 years experience as a career services professional. The Career Center is also the recipient of the 2005 California Career Education Association Presidential Award for best outstanding career education program.

Contact Brewer at:
Office Phone: 415/338-2526

"According to a recent survey of employers recruiting on college campuses [by the National Association of Colleges and Employers], new college graduates have reason to be optimistic about their job prospects. Overall, employers expect their college hiring to surpass last year's by 13 percent," Brewer said. "Another sign of an improving job market is the continued rise, of 7 to 10 percent, in entry-level salaries.

"Given the positive hiring projections, it's not surprising that more than 75 percent of employers reported that competition for hiring new college graduates has increased over the last year. Students who have gained valuable transferable skills through part-time work and volunteering, have completed an internship, or were active in student organizations will be very competitive in the improving job market."

Robert C. Chope, professor of counseling and coordinator of the Career Counseling Program
Chope is a psychologist and career counselor who specializes in the emotional aspects of the career search and new strategies for discouraged job seekers in the "jobless recovery." Founder of the Career and Personal Development Institute in San Francisco, he has served as a career psychologist and consultant for 25 years.

Contact Chope at:
Office Phone: 415/338-1496
Alternate Phone: 415/982-2636 Ext. 1

"Graduates should surround themselves with people who help them gain confidence and with whom they can bounce ideas around. If they can't find a full-time job, they should create a portfolio of part-time jobs that provide good contacts and good skills-based training. Above all, they should market themselves with candor and refrain from ever killing their best ideas. If all else fails, new grads should stay busy by volunteering once a week to increase their network aggressively and to enrich themselves."

Victor Cordell, director of graduate programs, College of Business
Cordell oversees the College of Business's MBA, accelerated MBA and MSBA programs. He has more than 10 years experience in the development of MBA and international business programs. Prior to entering the academic world, he worked for 14 years in international banking.

Contact Cordell at:
Office Phone: 415/405-3678

"The Bay Area suffered a great drop in demand for MBAs starting in 2001 but the market is more buoyant now. 2004 was a good year, and 2005 is expected to be better," Cordell said. "It is more difficult for international students to get jobs, but those with good technical and language skills are valued.

"Recruiters are talking up soft skills such as teamwork and cross-cultural skills. SFSU's College of Business excels in the latter given our highly international and multiethnic student population, along with strong curricula in international business and organizational behavior. Nonetheless, the biggest demand appears to be in finance, accounting and consulting -- largely driven by recent corporate scandals and the burdens of complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act."


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