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CTE Can Help Graduates Stand out on the Job Market


September 3, 2013


CTE Can Help Graduates Stand out on the Job Market

In a short publication, Georgetown researchers seek to set the record straight on the annual summer spike in unemployment rates. According to Carnevale, Cheah and Gulish, this is an annual cycle of recent college graduates flooding the job market in the summer, temporarily bumping up unemployment rates, then being absorbed into the labor market in the fall.

This cyclical pattern should not discourage students from pursuing a postsecondary credential, the researchers say. To help graduates beat the hiring odds, the publication recommends:

  • networking through connections made during work-based learning experiences
  • making a list of one's competencies that are relevant to a job, not just courses taken
  • paying attention to industries with growth potential, and the credentials required for those industries

These elements are inherent in high-quality CTE programs. These programs help students succeed, in part, by focusing on competencies, work-based learning and the needs of industry.

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