Graduating students prepared for tight job market

Kosuke Kisaka with camera.Around 500 students took part in SUNY Oswego Commencement ceremonies and, despite a tight economy, some are already pursuing their chosen career field.

For Kosuke Kisaka, one of more than 400 undergraduates earning degrees, this means returning to his native Japan to work in the Tokyo Broadcasting System TV news department. The job will involve field production assignments inside and outside of Japan.

“I’d like to establish my career as a field crew, and later seek other opportunities such as reporting and producing, depending on how I see the jobs as I progress through my career,” Kisaka said.

Kisaka came to SUNY Oswego because of “the affordability and the availability of the scholarship for international students, and the great broadcasting facility, program and the alumni lineup that Oswego has,” he said.

And while Kisaka credits the broadcasting program providing “broad knowledge of how the broadcasting industry is run, as well as some technical aspects of the business,” getting involved outside the classroom also benefited him.

“Being an e-board member of the International Student Association really helped me prepare for my future,” Kisaka said. “I learned to take initiative in things, the importance of working together with others, and handling many tasks along with academic work and other activities.”

Preparing for success

Matthew Lamphere has accepted a full-time job at Syracuse Behavioral Healthcare, a chemical dependency clinic working in conjunction with St. Joseph’s Hospital. He will look to build from his history degree and adolescence education coursework by applying to Syracuse University for further studies in social work, concentrating in marriage and family therapy.

His time at Oswego, “both as a student and as a citizen of the city, taught me the values of independent, self-sufficient living,” Lamphere said. “I would like to leave here and firmly believe that I received what many can consider a high-caliber education that has prepared me for success in the future, and I am forever thankful for the opportunity to attend college here and learn a skill that I would not only be able to build a future upon but to love as well.”

Lindsay Shaffer, a business administration major with a human resource management sequence, will not have a long wait to enter her field. The week of graduation, she will start as human resources customer service representative for AXA-Equitable in Syracuse.

Joining the college’s branch of the Society for Human Resource Management “and taking on the role of officer of corporate relations enabled me to reach out to the professional community while also helping fellow Oswego students create networks that they too can use in their future career endeavors,” she said.

Many students surveyed also plan to further their studies at graduate schools—Oswego and elsewhere.

Challenging market

The job market poses a challenge for many, given the economic crunch and time of year, said Bob Casper, director of career services. “Unemployment among college graduates is at 5 percent, which is much lower than the general workforce currently,” he noted.

“After taking advantage of fall semester career fairs, recruitment by major accounting firms and retail organizations and related events, this class will undoubtedly still be working much harder than its predecessors to gain employment.” Casper said. “Demand is still strong for math, science and technology education, accounting, finance and computer and information science.”

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(Posted: Dec 09, 2009)