“My last semester of college I was a little nervous about finding a job, but I never doubted that I may not have the skills to get a job,” said the 22-year-old Michigan State graduate. “I think I was very optimistic about my career search, because my professors in college were very realistic.”
O’Mara, who did land a digital marketing content coordinator job in Denver, shares an optimism most recent college graduates possess. A new poll by consulting firm Accenture shows most 2015 college graduates are confident they will be able to find work in the real world, with 80% saying their education prepared them well for the workforce.
O'Mara said she prepared hard to break into the working world, getting three internships while in college and using a variety of job search tools now at people’s disposal — such as LinkedIn and the her school’s career portal.
“I think the realities of the job market has changed the way people expect to find a job and how they prepare for it,” O'Mara said. “I think the right preparation for finding a job has led new college graduates to be more optimistic about their job search.”
Many say they believe the class of 2015's optimism is well-founded. Lynda Spiegel, founder of career coaching and resume writing service Rising Star Resumes, said not only has the economy has done a 180 since the worst days of the Great Recession — which hit Millennials badly — but also there's been a shift in that employers are now vigorously recruiting recent graduates because they possess skills for jobs that barely existed even five years ago.