Retail Careers Calling

Mar 11, 2003

By George Anderson

The job prospects for graduates this year has many considering spending more
time in the halls of academia.

National Association of Colleges and Employers reports nearly two out of three
schools polled say they expect to see fewer recruiters on campus this spring.
Sixty percent of employers report planning to hire fewer graduates.

Tony Dardy, associate director of the Career Development Center at the University
of Cincinnati told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “The job market seems to
be similar to the economy. There are some bright spots, some good signs, but
overall the job market has not demonstrated any real recovery. With fewer opportunities
and high competition for jobs, students are working harder to meet requirements
and more seem to be thinking about grad school as an option.”

The prospect for finding employment is further complicated for graduates by
the number of older workers retiring later or working in jobs previously held
by younger people.

A personal finance column in the Dallas Morning News by Scott Burns
advises retired people that the best investment they can make is getting a job
at Wal-Mart.

Moderator’s Comment: Does the job market offer retailers
opportunities to upgrade their workforce? What do employers need to do to convince
more graduates to follow a career in retailing?

The current job market offers the retailers the opportunity
to attract talent that might have gone elsewhere when opportunities were more
numerous. [George
Anderson – Moderator

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