Sac State Magazine

Summer 2013

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The Buzz A rosier job outlook may be on the horizon for this year's newest Sac State alumni. There's been an uptick in both on-campus recruitment and employer participation in campus career fairs, says Cein Mathisen, employee relations liaison for the Career Center. "The Fall 2012 Career Fair sold out for the first time in seven years," Mathisen says. "We saw 120 employers and about 1,200 students, which are record"Communication, follow- breaking numbers." Though she admits through, experience in a they can't necessarily link a successful career fair to group setting. These are a recovered employment she notes, "The qualities our graduates market, of employers is a volume possess that make them positive sign." Fall on-campus successful candidates." recruitment numbers were also encouraging with —Cein Mathisen, employers looking to fill Career Center full-time positions requiring college degrees. While some recruiters sought students in specialized areas, such as accounting, many were looking for "all majors," which is another good sign, Mathisen says, because it reflects an appreciation for the qualities a college graduate possesses that are valuable to employers beyond discipline-specific training. "We hear that certain skills are important: communication, working as part of a team, follow-through, experience in a group setting," she says. "These are qualities our graduates possess that make them successful candidates." The Spring Career Fair drew more than 90 employers, including state government agencies, accounting firms, the FBI and several large corporations such as Frito Lay and Kohl's, despite on-campus competition from genre-specific fairs for educators and engineers. In fact, the Educators Expo sold out its slots for potential employers for the first time which, Mathisen says, is another cause for optimism. "There may not be jobs immediately but employers are in the market for future jobs that will become available," she says. "Hiring is on the horizon and they are preparing for that." Additional reasons for job-seekers to hope comes from the January 2013 Sacramento Business Review, published by the College of Business Administration, CFA Society Sacramento and the University's Institute for Business Research and Consulting. In its economic overview, the authors said, "We are still far from pre-recession levels by most metrics; but, for 2013, we expect at least some positive growth across every sector—including construction, financials and government—three of the hardest hit parts of the economy." The review's mid-year update will be released in July at | Summer 2013 5

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