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Freshmen looking for career advice now

September 13, 2010

Once considered the place for panicked seniors to look for jobs ahead of graduation, college career offices are reporting dramatic hikes in use by first-year students looking for the earliest possible jump on the employment market.

Career centers are also making a concerted effort to target first-years to ensure more relevant guidance and increase student retention.

The career center at Temple University in Philadelphia, which saw a 22 percent increase in use by freshmen last year, held its first event specifically for first-years in late August.

A survey by the Pennsylvania-based National Association of Colleges and Employers showed 24.4 percent of 2010 graduates who applied for jobs actually had them. That's up from last year's figure of 19.7 percent, but way below the 2007 level of 51 percent.

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