Report: College graduates too cocky when it comes to jobs

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - As college grads enter the job world, their focus shifts from textbooks to job searches.

Trying to land that one job that will launch their career. But unfortunately many grads have too high expectations.

"When kids come out of college they think that the sky is the limit and that they can make as much money as they want to and as quickly as they want to. When they get out into the job market, reality sets in and they find out employers aren't paying what they thought they would," said Workforce Solutions of Deep East Texas' Business Development Manager, Deidra Richardson.

A new report from Accenture, a national consulting firm, says that nearly two-thirds of all grads over the last two years are in jobs that do not apply to their major or don't even require a college degree. It also says that 15 percent of all grads expect to make more than the average starting rate.

At Angelina College, the staff puts the spotlight on helping students find that perfect job from the moment they step on campus.

Angelina College Director of Enrollment Services Jeremy Thomas says internships are one of the best ways to get your foot in the door.

And with the current unemployment rate, experience does matter.

"Jobs aren't as readily available and again there is a lot higher demand and a lot of people that are competing for those jobs that are very skilled and very talented and they are competing against those new college graduates," said Richardson.

One piece of advice that never changes? Appearance.

"That old fashion stuff of dressing up well for success is true.That first glance is what gets you that first handshake, which gets you that first interview," said Thomas.

The annual Forest Country Job Fair will be held Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Shands Gym at Angelina College.

"Whether it is entry level or professional, they will be able to make a lot of contacts and meet a lot of human resource professionals in our community from the businesses who are participating," said  Angelina Chamber Program and Operations Manager, Melissa Wheeler.

The fair will feature booths by these companies:


Lufkin Industries

City of Lufkin

City of Lufkin Fire Department

Angelina College


Deer Cross/ Deer Wood Apartments

Lufkin Coca-Cola

1st Choice Personnel

Workforce Solutions

Woodmen of the World

Express Employment Professionals


Burke Center

Farmers Insurance

Townsquare Media

Spherion Staffing

Memorial Health System of East Texas

Lockhead Martin

Hospice in the Pines

Quad Graphics

H&R Block

k&K Support Services

Temple Inland

Georgia Pacific- Camden

Lufkin State Supported Living Center

Advanced Temporaries


MRC PineCrest Retirement Community



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