June 30, 2022

College Recruiting Webinar Replay: UVA and Virginia Tech Career Services Leaders Advice for Recent College Graduates and Companies Recruiting Them

On May 18th, ROCS hosted a webinar with the career services leaders, Jennifer Tortora of Virginia Tech and Nicole Hall of the University of Virginia, to learn about the current trends facing May 2023 graduates and the employers hiring them. Here are three takeaways:

Despite reports of a weakening economy, the panelists indicate that there are more opportunities available for recent graduates than presented by media outlets. NACE updated its outlook for college graduates and found that, despite softer demand from the fall, employers are still planning to hire 3.9% more graduates at the same time than in 2022.  

Certifications and skill-based recruiting continue to gain momentum in evaluating talent. This post highlighting the data from the World Economic Forum indicates a change in the future skills needed while the most common source for that talent (college graduates) is declining. It’s creating a gap that is beginning to be filled through specific certifications and short-term skill development.    

Survey results from Virginia Tech graduates indicate students most want a stable job from an employer. 40% of graduates would not consider a job unless the pay range is listed in the job description. Job and compensation stability of an employer is now being adopted by the next generation of workers.

About the Panelists

Jennifer Tortora is currently the Director of Career Services and Employer Relations in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. She was formerly a corporate recruiter for Greystar, Archstone and Microstrategy.

Nicole Hall is currently the Associate VP for Career Development at the University of Virginia. She also worked in similar capacities at UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest and Pepperdine. Nicole serves on the board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Stuart Mease is currently a Director for ROCS Grad Staffing with a career spanning the private, governmental and higher education sectors providing a unique lens to the labor market. Prior to ROCS, Mease spent 15 years at college career centers at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

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