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January 28, 2010 - Image 31

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2010-01-28

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MSU prepares grads for jobs—and life

In the face of expanding economic challenges and a

which demands that they be flexible and

This is the second column in a series in

tightening job market, Michigan State University

entrepreneurial in the rapidly evolving global

which Charles Salmon, the Ellis N.

graduates are proving they are well prepared and in

economy, according to MSU's latest Recruiting Trends

Brandt Endowed Chair in Public

demand as they enter the workplace.

survey, an annual forecast of the nation's college job

Relations at MSU and former dean of


MSU's College of Communication Arts

Michigan State consistently ranks among the top five

target universities for employers recruiting

"The premium is being placed on flexibility and

and Sciences, shares stories from Israel, where he is on


undergraduate talent according to Universum, an

adaptability," says Bishop. "This change in the labor

employer consulting firm with more than 1,200 clients

market looks like it's permanent. Those who can

Melding Middle Eastern and Alpine styles

around the world, including most of the Fortune 500

quickly adapt are the ones who are going to survive

Metula, July 2009


The ice underneath is slick and thick. Russian

According to the MSU survey of more than 2,500

companies and institutions, hiring levels are at their

lowest in several decades. The survey does, however,

offer some encouragement for job seekers. Contrary

"We consistently hear from employers that MSU grads

are work-ready, sociable, and are team players," says

Kelley Bishop, director of MSU's Career Services


Metula is a curious little town nestled snugly in the

luscious green mountains of the north. It is home to

one of Israel's finest athletic facilities, the Canada

backbone of the college labor market, with hiring

Centre, built with funds from Canadian Jewish

expected to increase 15 percent in the coming year,

friends of Israel. In addition to hockey, it has venues

and prospects are good for students focused on

for swimming, bowling, squash, basketball, and

e-commerce and entrepreneurship.

pistol shooting, as well as a spa.

Other hot sectors that should see hiring increases

A block away, cafés, restaurants, and hotels line the

include agriculture production and food processing,

winding main street, including one lodge aptly

environmental sciences, information systems,

named the Alaska Inn. The best restaurant—an

manufacturing, nonprofits, statistics, nursing, social

outstanding steakhouse—routinely is booked up

work, multimedia, and Web design.

to a month in advance. The town hosts an annual

careers by networking with prospective employers,

the workplace and postcollege life.


hurting, these employers actually remain the

aggressive about their futures early in their college

opportunities provides MSU students with important advantages in

am I? Skating on Israel's only ice hockey rink—in

to media reports that most small employers are

Bishop indicates that it is imperative for students to be

The balance of strong academic programs and abundant leadership

phrases fill the air. And it's the middle of July. Where

poetry festival, which attracts some of the finest

poets from all over the country, as well as the

national figure skating championships.

landing internships, and developing critical-thinking

Some houses are more than a century old, dating

skills. He says this is necessary for students in all

back to the era when Baron Rothschild bought land

majors—from engineering to liberal arts—because

to establish a community in this ruggedly beautiful

employers are worried less about students' majors and

terrain. Plaques provide narratives about each

more about whether they can solve problems and

historic building, noting its original purpose and

think outside the box.


MSU's comprehensive Career Services Network

A short drive away, one can ski on the wintry slopes

reaches out to students as early as freshman

of Mount Hermon, wade in the refreshingly cold

orientation to get them started on building the skills

freshwater streams of the Banias National Reserve,

they'll need during their job search. The Career

and hike to the formidable mountain fortress of

Recent MSU graduates face a particularly tough job

Services Network helps students select a major or


market and fierce competition. The market for college

change majors, offers assessment instruments, assists

graduates has fallen some 40 percent in the past year,

with internship and job searches, offers numerous

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