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OSWEGO -- Despite an economic slowdown and a tough employment market, many SUNY Oswego seniors have successfully secured their future by finding jobs and pursuing graduate studies.
A Chancellor's Award winner and a double major in applied mathematical economics and applied mathematics, Michele Rambo was accepted in George Washington University's doctoral program in economics, with a teaching assistantship and full tuition.
At the suggestion of a professor, Rambo also applied for a summer internship as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve. When she interviewed for the summer internship, they suggested she try for the research assistant job, a multi-year professional appointment. She expects to hear soon if she is accepted. "Working at the Fed would be a great experience," she said.
Gary Morris, associate director of SUNY Oswego's Career Services Office, noted that "recruiting is down by 30 percent, making it more difficult for the senior class to find jobs."
The hot career fields these days are education, sciences and math, he said, while the technology disciplines have cooled down recently. Despite these challenges, students can be successful in a job search if they do the right things, Morris added.
Computer science and mathematics major Diana Alexander will work as a software engineer for Object Science Corp. in Virginia. She is from Virginia and interned at the company last summer.
Her starting salary is $65,000 a year because of her double major and because her internship is counting as one year's work. "Students should get internships throughout college because it gives you great experience and connections in the field," she said.
MBA accounting student Michelle Sandbothe will join IBM in accounts payable as a professional accountant in the Binghamton area. IBM recruited her to work in a co-op position in accounts payable in 2000 for eight months, where she picked up courses at SUNY Binghamton. She then returned to Oswego to finish her studies.
"In the accounting field, you have to start looking for a job in the fall and be part of the first batch of applicants or you will be scrambling for a position spring semester," Sandbothe said.
Kevin Murphy, a broadcasting major, recently accepted the position of master control operator for Viacom at its Satellite Relay Station in Hauppauge for the United States, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Mexico. "Those searching for a job should not just use the Internet, but use people who you know are already working in the field and network with them," he said. Murphy found his job through a contact one of his professors had with a Viacom employee.
Human resources management major Anne Proto landed the position of service coordinating manager at the Sheraton Manhattan. After a year, she will have the opportunity to be promoted to event concierge at the upscale hotel.
Proto spent the summer of 2000 working part time as the service coordinating manager at the hotel. The following summer, she interned for nine credits at that position and as assistant to the food and beverage controller at the Sheraton New York.
"Internships are a great opportunity to make contacts and gain valuable experience," Proto said.
Secondary education and English major Branden Wood picked up several applications at the Central New York Teacher Recruitment Days at SUNY Cortland. The event included 210 districts from across the nation offering interviews and information to 1,000 graduating education students from upstate colleges and universities. Wood, who was one of hundreds of Oswego students to attend, is currently student teaching in Liverpool.
Many students, like Zachary Briggs, are finding challenges in entering a job market with the highest unemployment rate in eight years. "When I started in the information science curriculum at Oswego two years ago, it looked like I was guaranteed a job, but after the dot-coms died, the market dried up," Briggs said.
He is using online sources, Career Services, Ohio's employment office and Ohio State's Web site to try to find a job in Ohio.
Many students conduct online job searches. "However, only 25 percent of the job openings are posted on the 'net," Morris said. He recommends resources the college offers including Career Services, the Alumni Relations Office and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program.
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