College graduates compete for first career setting jobs

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By Kelly Krammes 6:09 PM, Jun 20, 2013

With an improving job market, Georgia unemployment rates out today are down almost a point from a year go to 8.3%. Thousands of recent college graduates are now competing for their first career setting jobs, and the 11Alive Help Desk has a look at where the best opportunities can be found.

The first opportunity is within healthcare. The Georgia Department of Labor is predicting close to 3,500 nurses alone will be hired this year.

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In the field of teaching, more than 1,700 new jobs are expected at the elementary and middle school level this year.

On the business side, graduates looking for careers in accounting, auditing, and and office management can expect as many as 5,000 openings within Georgia companies.

Graduates looking for jobs in the computer industry will have more than 1,700 jobs to choose from across the state.

Many say that the key to landing a job out of college is preparation.

"The best preparation for your career before graduating is interning. If you've already graduated, then you need to start networking which you can do by volunteering. Also, don't overlook temporary work which is an excellent way of getting your foot in the door," said Karen Andrews, Executive Director of Career Services with Kennesaw State University.

Visit the Jobs for College Graduates Resource Guide for job opportunities in your area.