The first job out of college is a huge learning experience that can set the tone for an individual's future. That first taste of employment can give a first timer the determination and drive to move up in a company, while creating a safe environment to learn the basics of a trade. This first time experience is crucial for developing the confidence in an employee to succeed in their future with the company. Unfortunately for recent job-seeking grads, the business climate of today may not be as open as it once was.
No mom, I want to be an Art Major! Idiot...
Those seeking entry level jobs, jobs designed to ease an employee into the responsibilities of the position, are finding themselves under-qualified for even the starter positions. These job-seekers are finding that "entry level jobs" are requiring more and more advanced and industry specific skill-sets. Entry level jobs in finance and accounting particularly have evolved from simple data entry jobs that bring an employee up to speed over time, to requiring advanced data analysis and a professional understanding right away. No longer do these new hires have weeks to acclimate, but more often than not have orientation day one and expect full competency day two.
In addition to your data entry, you're also responsible for growing the money tree.
The change has been so rapid, that many universities are struggling to acclimate by offering the best available solution to their students in the form of internships. In order to gain the necessary experience to fulfill the requirements, students are taking to internships to supplement their educations and it seems to be helping close the gap. However, this solution only works for those able to attend college, and even then there aren't enough internship opportunities for all students interested.
First one there gets the spot, the rest of you are cleaning toilets! READY, GO!
Analysts are unsure what is causing this trend, with some citing automation in the workforce, some citing the changing economy and some say it may be due to over-competition for available spots. Whatever the cause, the fact of the matter is that the definition of an entry level job is changing, and anyone looking to enter the workforce better be prepared for that.
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