SWHS Youth Career Connect

May 2015

Upcoming Dates

May 28-YCC Student Advisory Team Meeting
May 28-Hendrickson Tour
June 3rd-Last day of school
June 23rd-25th: YCC Summer Camp @Morehead State University

YCC Students in Action

The College Degrees And Skills Employers Most Want In 2015

The hiring picture keeps getting better for college graduates. According to a new survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), employers are planning to hire 9.6% more graduates for their U.S. operations than they did from the class of 2014. That’s a one percent hike from the 8.6% gain a year ago and a significant jump from 2013, when employers said they would boost hiring by just 2.1% over the previous year.

NACE’s questionnaire asked employers to rate the academic disciplines they target for their college hires. At the top of the list: engineering degrees. Some 72% of companies said they want to hire students set to graduate in that discipline. Sixty eight percent are looking for business majors and 58% want computer science majors. At the bottom of the list: health sciences, education and agriculture. Employers are not too eager to hire humanities majors either. Only 11% of respondents said they would hire humanities students, just above the 10% who said they would bring on social sciences majors. Here is a chart (on the left) showing employers’ hiring expectations by major:

The NACE survey also asked employers to rate the skills they most value in new hires. Companies want candidates who can think critically, solve problems, work in a team, maintain a professional demeanor and demonstrate a strong work ethic. Here is the ranking in order of importance (on the right):

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YCC Student Spotlight

Dalton Murray is a 9th grade student enrolled in both Engineering and Biomedical courses in the PLTW program at SWHS. In addition to those rigorous courses, Dalton is also taking Honors Geometry, Honors English, Honors Biology and Marketing classes. Dalton is a member of FBLA and DECA and has a 4.0 GPA. He will be going to Chicago with some other SWHS students to compete in FBLA Nationals this summer. Dalton enjoys his Engineering classes and says it gives him the chance to participate in fun and interesting projects and challenges. Dalton has a wonderful sense of humor and is guaranteed to make anyone's day brighter! Congratulations Dalton!