New Grads and the Job Market
A fascinating survey answers some basic questions about the mindset of college students as they venture out into the job world. Some of the results are startling: fewer than 20% expect to get jobs through job fairs, recruiting agents, or employment agencies; almost 70% had at least one internship during college; more than 70% expect to make more than $30,000 at their first post-college job; 45% expect to make more than $40,000; 41% expect to stay one year at their first job, 38% expect to stay two years.
I wish the survey had reached a larger audience because I'm not sure if these results apply across the board, but it's interesting nonetheless. As a parent of 20-something children, I hear worrisome stories about the job market regularly.
Perry is a CPA and a former senior tax accountant with Big Four firm Deloitte. She maintains a small tax practice, she is a personal finance instructor, and the author of thirty books, including Surviving Financial Downsizing: A Practical Guide to Living Well on Less Income (Adams Media); QuickBooks on Demand (Que); Excel 2007 Macros Made Easy (McGraw Hill); The Complete Idiot's Guide to Doing Your Income Taxes (Alpha/MacMillan); and, most recently, Mint.com for Dummies (John Wiley & Sons). In addition, she is a former columnist for the Indianapolis Star and Indianapolis News daily newspapers.
Perry is a nationally recognized speaker who advises public accountants on using Internet tools to improve their accounting practices. She also taught a college-level introductory accounting class and was on staff at the Indiana CPA Society as a computer applications instructor. For five years, she was a contributing editor for Accounting Today magazine before taking over the helm at AccountingWEB.
Perry is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She returned to school to study accounting at Illinois State University, passed the CPA exam (in one sitting!), and worked for Deloitte in the Chicago tax department.
Gail has been named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Accounting by CPA Practice Advisor magazine and the American Society of Women Accountants.