The job outlook for recent college graduates can be a mixed bag. According to April's numbers the national unemployment rate is at 8.1%, but on the upside Career Builder, the nation's largest employment site, says the 2012 job outlook should be better if not great. When recent graduates start looking for a job there will be plenty of competition.
UNOH student, Ryan Ruth said, "it's like anything, everything is competitive, the best person is going to get the job but nothing in life comes easy you got to work hard for it."
UNOH held a career fair for students so they could meet with potential employers and companies had the chance to recruit job candidates. Ryan Ruth still has a couple of years left but is already networking so he is prepared when graduation time comes. "that's just how you got to do it. You got to be ahead of the game. You have to be on top or else you're not going to make it." said Ruth.
The future looks bright for those about to receive their diplomas from UNOH given their career choice. Director of Career Services at UNOH said, "one thing with this industry, the automotive and diesel industry, there are an abundance of jobs out there and if you talk to any of the employers here they will tell you the same and I think that kind of calms the kids nerves too and a lot of them will say we're here because we are hiring, we have openings for people just like you."
Chris Harubin knows both ends of the spectrum. Just 18 months ago he was a student searching for employment at a career fair at UNOH and now he is an employer looking to fill jobs. He says it's the one on one face time that can land a job. "when you come out here you're face to face you get a chance to talk to the students, you get to know a little bit about their career aspirations. You start thinking in the back of your head these students could be really good. When you come in and get ready to graduate and get closer come see me we'll find you there. Like I said it really give them a leg up on everybody else." he said.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics employment of automotive service technicians and mechanics in general is expected to increase 14%.