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'U' reputation
gives students
edge in job hunt
By Peter RomerFriedman
Daily Staff Reporter
A new out-of-state University student might say the value of
a University education is $26,000 times four years. But most
alums, professors and students say the University experience is
priceless, enriched with learning, diversity and discipline.
Each year, thousands of students enter and just as many
depart for the real world where graduates test the value of
their University education for the first time.
How does the University's value compare to the value of
smaller schools, Ivy league schools and other state schools?
There is no empirical formula, although U.S. News and World
Report magazine ranks the University 23rd overall and seventh
academically. The University has a diverse student body -
40,000 strong, including graduates and undergraduates.
The University's School of Business Administration is No.
1 in the nation and most of its graduate programs rank high
nationally. But how will these reputations help the University
graduate in joining the work force?
"U of M is a well known and respected school for acade-
mics and athletics," said LSA senior Jarrod Montague.
"Employers and graduate schools all acknowledge that
Michigan is a difficult school to exceed in academically, and
it has an environment where not only can you learn from the
faculty but you learn from your peers."
Many students say the greatest value the University has to
offer is the high quality of teaching.
"It's a big school but if you want it to be small it is," said

Bachelors degree
worth time, money

File Photo
A University graduate reaches for the stars. A degree from
the maize and blue should help her get ahead In the market.
LSA sophomore Jeff Gorman. "The teachers are here to help
you. You go into a class of 500 people and the next day you
can have a private discussion with the professor. You just have
to go out and get it."
But an SNRE senior who asked that his name not be used said
too many people overestimate the value of a Univeristy education.
"This is a very research-based University," the senior said.
"The professors are really geared towards research instead of
teaching us."
Tosha Downey, who graduated from the School of Public
Policy in 1996 and now works as a Ryan Foundation Fellow in
Chicago, said the University not only prepared her academi-
cally, but its diversity prepared her to function in the real world.
"My educational preparation was very sufficient, very
good for the world I'm in," Downey said.
Downey said the University has very little segregation
among the student body and "there's a lot of interaction
between all students."

By Mike Spahn
Daily Staff Reporter
With the job*market changing and
employers' needs becoming more spe-
cialized, many students now think they
must pursue a graduate school degree
to get a good job.
But some campus experts say
soon-to-be graduates may not need to
take out a second round of loans
quite yet.
Charity Bracy, a second-year gradu-
ate student working toward a Master's
of Social Work degree, said she didn't
think her undergraduate degree would
be enough to find employment.
"I had a BA in psychology and its
hard to find a decent job that has oppor-
tunities for advancements with just that
degree," Bracy said.
And Bracy is not alone. Statistics
compiled by the Council of Graduate
Schools show a steady increase in the
number of graduate student enrollment
over the past decade. Their survey,
taken in conjunction with the
Educational Testing Service, began in
1986. The survey shows that the num-
ber of graduate students has increased
from just over 1 million in 1985 to over
1.2 million in 1995.
"There was a big growth in the early
1990s," said Peter Syverson, vice presi-
dent for research at CGS.
Homer Rose, assistant dean for acade-
mic programs at Rackham, said the
school's number of applicants has fol-
lowed this national trend.
"I would say the number is steadily
increasing and has been for years,"
Rose said.
Syverson said the need for a post-
graduate degree is almost always decid-
ed by the particular field and the market
at the time.
"The big driver is the market, when it
is up, graduate enrollment goes down,"

number of U.S.
graduate school
1985: 1 million
1995: 1.2 million
Syverson said.
Officials at the University's Office
of Career Planning and Placement
said certain fields do require more
than an undergraduate education.
"Certainly, there are positions that
require a graduate degree," said Tom
Lehker, the senior assistant director for
Graduate Student Services. "Social
work, public health and numerous other
fields are examples."
Rose feels the graduate school stu-
dent pool has shifted greatly over the
past 20 years.
"As the boom came off for Law
schools and MBA students, numbers in
other fields have continuously grown,"
Rose said.
But despite the increase in those
seeking graduate degrees, Lehker said
his office feels responsible to meet the
needs of all students, regardless of the
degrees they have.
Lehker said CP&P ensures that four
years of college is still worth the money
and worth the effort.
"Some employers come to us with
very narrow expectations," Lehker said.
"It's one of our jobs to show the
employers that they can meet their
needs in many different ways."
Bracy said she felt her undergraduate
degree was too broad to qualify her for a
"You're a lot more marketable if you
have a master's, but it is still hard to
find a job," Bracy said. "It is still hard,
but you have more options."


Job Direct's Brandon Kooman briefs LSA sophomore Sabrina Rapoport on what his company has to offer students in front of
his company's Technology Bus. Kooman and Job Direct's bus appeared on campus last Monday.
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By William Nash
Daily Staff Reporter
Turn on the computer, surf the Web,
enter an address, fill out a form, get hired.
If it seems simple, that's because it is.
Many companies are offering Internet
services that match students with dream
"Using the Internet is more efficient
and faster than traditional methods," said
JobDirect market manager Thompson
Godfrey. "Realistically, the whole
process only takes 20-30 minutes."
JobDirect, located at http://www job-
direct.com, rolled a company bus onto
the University campus last week to pub-
licize its free Internet site. They set up
laptops in the basement of the Michigan
Union to attract potential students.
"It's hard to say how they reacted, but
the crew has said students were into it,"
Godfrey said.
JobDirect and Visa sponsored a talk by
author and motivational speaker Patrick
Combs, but students didn't flock to hear
his advice: Only a dozen students came
to the seminar, which billed itself as a les-
son on how to get a great job.
"There are many services out there,
such as JobDirect, which are devoted to
help with finding your dream job,"
Combs said.
He also explained the importance of
using the University's Office of Career
Planning and Placement (CP&P) ser-
vices, and gave tips on how to prepare
for an interview.
Other companies offer similar ser-
vices. Bernie Milano, partner in change
of recruiting at KPGM,'explained the
process of using the Internet to find ajob.
"Start by finding Websites that inter-
est you. Another vehicle is to seek out
hiring companies directly, by visiting
their Websites," Milano said.
The number of hits on KPGM's site, at
http://www.kpgmcampus.com, has been
steadily increasing since the creation of a
game that asks trivia questions and gives
interviewing tips. For each round of the
game, the number of players has

increased by about 300 people, account
executive Jill Oestreicher said.
KPMG also notes that it receives 33
percent of its resumes by fax or e-mail.
Though the company doesn't know
the total number of jobs that have been
supplied by the service, Godfrey said
JobDirect has had many positive testi-
monials from its users.
"It's tough to track, but we know of

many people who've -used the service
successfully,' Godfrey said.
There is no shortage of jobs avail-
able: JobDirect advertises for compa-
nies all over the country, big and small,
including IBM, Intel and Delta Air
A complete list of companies that offer
the service is available through Yahoo on
the Web at http.//wwwvahoo.com.

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