2 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, July 6, 2004
Economy looking up, but
some 'U' grads still jobless
By Justin Miller
LSA graduate Genevieve Marino
certainly tried to find a job last spring
when she told The Michigan Daily that
she had posted 500 resumes in hopes of
finding a job with her General Studies
degree after graduation.
The fruit of her work?
"I'm (currently) working for the
Bank of New York," said Marino
through e-mail correspondence."I
absolutely hate it because I am working
with people who do not have college
educations," she said. "I wonder why I
am working alongside of them."
For this reason, Marino continues
to send out resumes to potential
employers. "I think it's worth it
because nothing comes without
effort. If you want something to hap-
pen, you have to be active and not sit
back, relax and think that the compa-
nies will come to you," she said.
Since seniors graduated from the
University in April, the U.S. economy
has created over one million new jobs
- halving the number of jobs lost
Seniors who faced an uncertain
future may be seeing a more optimistic
job market that can pay off for them
"I don't think that's a lot of new
jobs," said senior Karl Donner. "But
it's fairly easy to find a job if you try,"
Although the 20 to 24-year-olds'
unemployment rate was 8.9 percent in
March - the second highest in the last
six years, according to Labor Depart-
ment statistics - both the National
Association of Colleges and Employers
as well as a study by Michigan State
University predict a rosy economy for
But has this new growth helped Uni-
versity graduates obtain employment?
It may have, but for graduates like
Brian Msal, they have had a hard time
landing a job they feel even fits their
"I thought I'd have a permanent job,
hopefully designing hardware or pro-
gramming," said Msal, who graduated
with both computer science and electri-
cal engineering degrees.
Msal is currently employed by
Advanced Systems and Controls, Inc.
for the summer. The Clinton Township
company specializes in the design and
build of custom test, measurement and
assembly systems for industrial use
Like Marino, Msal continues to pur-
sue a more ideal employment situation.
"I've been submitting my resume on
the Internet, using Monster.com, and
also doing it the old-fashioned way -
reading the classified ads in the
(Detroit) Free Press and asking all of
my engineer friends if their company is
hiring," he said.
"I can't even get a 'thank you for
submitting your resume letter or e-mail,
let alone an interview," he said.
Msal is trying to stake a claim in
the ailing sector of manufacturing
that has lost thousands of jobs in the
past few years.
The sector lost 11,000 jobs in June,
the first downturn after four months of
consecutive growth - the strongest
Along with manufacturing, jobs in
government and nonprofit sectors are
expected to make large cuts in college
Students looking for jobs in the
service-sector, however, have the
best chance of landing a job, accord-
ing to NACE.
While outsourcing has been targeted
as the reason for the tight job market, a
June survey by the Labor Department
states that only 9 percent of all lost jobs
were a result of outsourcing.
But the report also stated that data
may be skewed because the small busi-
nesses or layoffs that lasted under one
month were not covered. Of those nine
percent of outsourced jobs, only a third
went overseas. The rest were moved
around inside the U.S. and were not
Whether the lower June job gains are
an anomaly or a harbinger of things to
come is unknown. But the longer job
growth continues, the better the chances
graduates such as Marino and Msal
have to find a job.
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should stay within SAPAC, stating that
the division of services between differ-
ent organizations would have a negative
impact on their clients.
"It is important not to (divide servic-
es) because (the clients) are able to build
a level of trust (in one agency) and
chances are that (everyone) at that
agency will handle a situation in the
same way," Turnock said. "But to have
someone contact a certain agency and
then a different one with different
philosophies ... then that's a risk."
Although the new crisis line does not
remedy the division between counseling
and advocacy, supporters of the decision
point out that the University narrowed
down the services to two groups, taking
SAFEHouse out of the picture.
"I think it's a very good decision,"
said LSA senior and SAPAC staff mem-
ber Sasha Achen. "It allows SAPAC to
(have) consistent, professional care
(from people who) have more training. It
allows (the University) to respond to the
concerns of those who felt that SAFE-
House would fragmentize the system,"
University President Mary Sue Cole-
man said in a letter to students in April
that changes to SAPAC were based on
"very real and enduring concerns about
our ability to serve all our students" and
Cichy emphasized that the changes were
not a result of budget constraints.
The crisis line number remains (734)
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