SFA future grads nervous about job market

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The spring job fair at SFA came to a close Wednesday, with fewer employers and more nervous students.

Fifty potential employers, most of them in the service industry, are providing future graduates some encouragement. The new job seekers need it after hearing from one expert.

"We tell them to prepare for a little bit of a job search," said Sheri Mullican, director of SFA career services. "On average probably three to six months."

Some future graduates plan to backpack Europe or go back for their masters. Not Jamie Johnson.

"The quicker you get out there after you graduate, the better your chances are," Johnson said.

Some firms provided interview appointments. Others push internship programs. It's become the new entry level for prospective employees.

"We know that if we have 10 interns, we'll convert 75 percent of those," said Dustin Laroux, talent acquisition manager for Enterprise Holdings. "And through out the company it's about 50 to 75 percent."

Something like that happened to Erica Siri. Upon graduating seven months ago, she entered Mattress Firm's sales management program.

"I came to the career fair and then they actually spoke to me in my classes and I interviewed a few times," Siri said. "Got to know them and they offered me a job while I was still in school. And they waited for me to graduate and then held my position for me."

A dream come true even though it might take longer for graduates such as Johnson.

"If it takes six months, it takes six months," Johnson said. "I'm ready to get out there and go to work."

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