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You and I know internships are great. They give you experience, teach you new things, expose you to valuable contacts and often count for course credit. Overall, internships are something you want.

So I wasn’t terribly surprised to see this article posted on The New York Times site the other day about companies having plenty of interns, but not enough chairs. Writer Simon Akam talks to interns at a Brooklyn law firm to see how they’re dealing with an unusually crowded workplace. He points out that the law firm has 60 more interns this summer than it did in 2008’s summer.

The bumper crop of interns, whose placements end July 31, is the result of an increase in both applications and the percentage of students who accepted offers, most likely a fallout of the recession, as many corporate law firms have cut back on their summer programs. In addition to the intensified competition to score a full-time — and paid — job after graduation, the intern glut has put a premium on office chairs, desk space and meaty assignments.

As a result, not all interns feel like they’re getting the experience and responsibility they signed on for. That’s an interesting sentiment in a time when employees seem to be spread thin and complaints of being overworked are commonplace.

On the flip side, over in Austin, a city known for its music is making good use of its interns, according to the Austin Business Journal. This article on music business interns finds these students with more than enough work to do. Students at a community college are helping independent musicians and venues with press releases and managerial tasks involved with the business.

“They have to take accounting and marketing and small business management because a lot of them are going to have to start their own companies,” he said. “We set them up to do business, whether they want to be a musician, manager or concert promoter.”

Bobruk’s intern, Indra Hernandez, said she’s enjoyed working for an independent musician.

“I’ve learned a lot, from writing press releases to talking to people in the industry. It’s been an eye-opening experience,” Hernandez said.

What does this mean for someone looking for an internships? First, this is proof that they’re out there and employers are eager to have you. Also, if you want to expand your skill set, then don’t be afraid to reach out to companies or small businesses  that aren’t the usual destinations for interns. If you’re one of a dozen interns in a single department, you’re competing just to get an assignment. That means the odds of you being offered a permanent positions could dwindle, too.

That’s not to say going with another employer is guaranteed to land you a permanent position, but at least you’ll have an enviable amount of experience to boast about when other people spent their summer making copies.

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gradcityWhile there’s relief that classes are over, exams have been taken and term papers turned in, what lies ahead for the Class of 2009 is an extremely challenging and competitive job market.

For new grads who plan to expand their job searches beyond their college or hometowns, Apartments.com and CBcampus.com just released the “Top 10 Best Cities for Recent College Graduates.” The list is based on the ranking of the top U.S. cities with the highest concentration of young adults (age 20 – 24) from the U.S. Census Bureau (2006), inventory of jobs requiring less than one year of experience from CBcampus.com (2009) and the average cost of rent for a one bedroom apartment from Apartments.com (2009).

According to Apartments.com and CBcampus.com, the top 10 cities for new grads are: 

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For most people born into Gen X, Y, or Z(?), Earth Day has been an annual part of our lives. We planted trees, learned about recycling, and learned to turn the water off when we brushed our teeth when we were little grade schoolers. Now, we’re older and environmental issues have become a permanent part of our lexicon. You can’t go a day without hearing “sustainable,” “eco-“, or “green” somethings.

Not only is this good for the environment, but it’s also good for the job market, which is good for you. A new batch of jobs are popping up all the time and although you might not have thought about them when you entered college, they’ll exist once you graduate.

In fact, one-in-ten employers say they have added “green jobs,” otherwise known as environmentally-focused positions, in the last 12 months, according to a new national survey of more than 2,500 hiring managers by CareerBuilder. The survey was conducted between February 20 and March 11, 2009.

Not only are companies showing their commitment to the earth by creating new environmentally friendly positions, but also through “green” programs that get current employees involved. Seventy percent of companies say they have added programs to be more environmentally conscious in the last year. The most popular “green” programs include:

  • Recycling (50 percent)
  • Using less paper (45 percent)
  • Controlling lighting (44 percent)
  • Powering down computers at the end of the day (30 percent)
  • Purchasing office supplies made from recycled materials (27 percent)

“Green jobs have increased in popularity over the last few years as companies take continued action to become more environmentally conscious and reduce their carbon footprints,” said Rosemary Haefner, vice president of human resources for CareerBuilder. “The economic stimulus plan is expected to spur an increase in the number of green jobs by creating investments in alternative energies. There are a variety of positions that fall under the green category that could present great new career opportunities for job seekers.”

The following are examples of green job opportunities:

  1. Hydrologist: The median annual income is $64,604.
  2. Environmental Engineer: The median annual income is $63,673.
  3. Pollution Control Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  4. Biologist: The median annual income is $53,665.
  5. Science Teacher: The median annual income of kindergarten, elementary, middle and secondary school teachers ranges from $41,400 to $46,991.
  6. Fund-raising Director: The median annual income is $79,762.
  7. Urban Planner: The median annual income is $55,365.
  8. Economist: The median annual income is $82,628.
  9. Forester: The median annual income is $48,110.
  10. Environmental Attorney: The median annual income for attorneys specializing in construction, real estate and land use is $90,146.
  11. Community Affairs Manager: The median annual income is $57,359.
  12. Environmental Health and Safety Technician: The median annual income is $47,403.
  13. Landscape Architect: The median annual income is $53,241.
  14. Waste Disposal Manager: The median annual income is $31,572.
  15. Environmental Chemist: The median annual income is $48,850.

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We all know the famous TV show, “The Apprentice,” which features contestants from around the globe competing to be an apprentice to the infamous Donald Trump.

While going on the reality show might be a bit extreme, the show might be onto something with the apprenticeship idea. As the availability of student loans shrink, one author says people may want to bypass a college degree and consider an apprenticeship instead as an entry route to their career.

“You don’t have to shell out tens of thousands of dollars in tuition or endure basic training in a distant boot camp to get entry into your career. An apprenticeship provides job training in which you can become a highly skilled worker through a combination of work site learning and minimal classroom learning,” says Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., co-author of the recently released book “200 Best Jobs Through Apprenticeships, Second Edition.”

“An apprenticeship is sometimes called ‘the other four-year degree’ because it often takes four years and it results in a nationally recognized credential that can open the door to income and job security that can be as good as or better than what college graduates enjoy,” he adds.

Shatkin crunched numbers from the Department of Labor to identify the best “apprenticeable” jobs. The following occupations topped the list:

Paralegals and legal assistants

Annual Earnings: $44,990

Percent Growth: 22.2 percent

Annual Openings: 22,756

Computer support specialists

Annual Earnings: $42,400

Percent Growth: 12.9 percent

Annual Openings: 97,334

Construction and building inspectors

Annual Earnings: $48,330

Percent Growth: 18.2 percent

Annual Openings: 12,606

Radiologic technologists

Annual Earnings: $50,260

Percent Growth: 15.1 percent

Annual Openings: 12,836

Police patrol officers

Annual Earnings: $49,630

Percent Growth: 10.8 percent

Annual Openings: 37,842

Correctional officers and jailers

Annual Earnings: $36,970

Percent Growth: 16.9 percent

Annual Openings: 56,579

Licensed practical and vocational nurses

Annual Earnings: $37,940

Percent Growth: 14.0 percent

Annual Openings: 70,610

Pipe fitters and steamfitters

Annual Earnings: $44,090

Percent Growth: 10.6 percent

Annual Openings: 68,643

Plumbers

Annual Earnings: $44,090

Percent Growth: 10.6 percent

Annual Openings: 68,643

Surgical technologists

Annual Earnings: $37,540

Percent Growth: 24.5 percent

Annual Openings: 15,365

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It’s never too early to start looking for your first job after college. Although it’s only January, it will be May before you know it and you don’t want to be caught off guard when graduation sneaks up on you.

To help prepare graduates for this transition, Laurence Shatkin, Ph.D., and career expert Michael Farr wrote “200 Best Jobs for Recent Graduates, Fourth Edition. The book identifies 200 of the most rewarding jobs for graduates, including such pertinent information as annual earnings, beginning wages, job growth and more.

“These jobs have higher percentages of recent college graduates and may present more opportunities for initial entry or upward mobility,” Shatkin says.

Here’s a short list of the best overall jobs with a high percentage of college graduates between 20- and 24-year-olds, according to Farr and Shatkin.

Beginning wage: $40,100

Percent growth: 53.4 percent

Annual opening: 35,086

Beginning wage: $30,890

Percent growth: 24.8 percent

Annual opening: 47,750

Beginning wage: $30,890

Percent growth: 24.8 percent

Annual opening: 47,750

Beginning wage: $33,310

Percent growth: 20.1 percent

Annual opening: 45,015

Beginning wage: $29,580

Percent growth: 17.6 percent

Annual opening: 51,216

Beginning wage: $32,470

Percent growth: 18.5 percent

Annual opening: 38,379

Beginning wage: $28,430

Percent growth: 12.6 percent

Annual opening: 54,025

Beginning wage: $48,750

Percent growth: 23.7 percent

Annual opening: 3,245

Beginning wage: $28,360

Percent growth: 22.2 percent

Annual opening: 22,756

Beginning wage: $25,950

Percent growth: 12.9 percent

Annual opening: 97,334


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molly-bOver the last few days, our CBcampus Ambassadors have been sharing some fun ideas about what they’d do for a living if they could build and shape their “dream job.”

Molly, our Ambassador in Michigan, is sharing her idea about what she’d like to do if she could build her own dream job.

Like many of us, Molly’s dream was shaped during her childhood. But she’s recently found a new source of inspiration.

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ryan-pWe’ve been talking to our CBcampus Ambassadors and asking them what their ideal job would be. We have to face a lot of reality when all of us are searching for a job, so we wanted to make it fun and hear about what new workers entering the workforce would do for their dream gig.

Ryan, our Ambassador from Indiana, has a dream job – and it involves beer.

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