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    The Daily Collegian
Unemployment rate
for graduates rises
By Zach Geiger
Penn State might be the No. 1
school in the country for career
recruitment, according to the Wall
Street Journal, but that doesn't
mean recent graduates won't face
difficulties in the job market.
The national unemployment
rate among college graduates
with a bachelor’s degree or higher
peaked at 5.1 percent in
November, according to a study
by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Though that number is half the
national unemployment rate.
Penn State students need not
panic when it comes to finding a
job after graduation. Career
Services Director Jack Rayman
"It's not a substantial increase."
Rayman said. "It hovers between
4.6 percent and 5 percent. It's
been hovering around 5 percent
for the last couple years or so."
Rayman said the economy
impacts various industries and
geographic areas to different
extents, therefore not all students
are affected after graduation.
Still, some students expressed
concern about the statistic and
what it means for their future.
"I'm scared of joining that 5 per
cent." Sandy Osterhoudt < senior
biotechnology i said
The online resources offered by
Career Services are helpful, she
said, but students need to be
proactive in Undine a job post
"You can't fault the system."
she said. “It's just hard to be a stu
dent and be looking for a job.
Justin Garvey ■ senior-food sci
ence) said the numbers were
"alarming," but he acknowledged
that gaining internship experi
ence and participating in
extracurricular activities are cru
cial to differentiate yourself from
other job applicants.
"When people see that you're
involved in things that goes a
lot further than someone that’s
just a 3.5 GPA student,” he said.
The numbers do present a con
cern to Career Services, but the
easiest way for students to pre
pare for their future is to take the
first step preferably in the
direction of Career Services,
Ravman said.
"Parents and students view
higher education as preparation
for a career," Rayman said. "If
they don't secure jobs, they feel
like higher education failed
To secure a job in time for grad
uation. students need to visit
Career Services in their freshman
year, Rayman said, and fully take
adv antage of the resources.
A benefit unique to Penn State
is its reputation with employers,
Rayman said. Career Services
had an impact on the No. 1 rank
ing Penn State received in the
Wall Street Journal, Rayman said.
Penn State came out on top of
100 colleges surveyed by 479 pro
fessional recruiters.
Penn State also ranked No. 5 in
accounting. No. 6 in finance. No. 7
in computer science and No. 9 in
engineering, according to the Wall
Street Journal.
But the real challenge is up to
students to enhance their mar
ketability after graduation.
Ravman said.
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Students pose with a Santa Elf for a picture in the HUB-Robeson Center on Tuesday morning. The photo
shoot benefited the Interfraternity Council./Panhellenic Dance Marathon.
Man bound over for trial
By Zach Geiger
The man charged with robbing
i the Northland
i Center Subway
twice in i i
November was f JEf 1
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trial after his pre
liminaiy hearing
on Wednesday.
I the Ferguson ;
Township Police Blasko
! Department said
Police said Michael Blasko. 24.
; of State College, robbed the
: Subway restaurant. 283
! Northland Center, at knifepoint on
two separate occasions
Blasko was arrested on Dec. 3
and faces two counts each of
felony robbery and misdemeanor
theft, simple assault and receiv
ing stolen property, police said.
The Subway restaurant was
robbed Nov. 9 at 8 p.m.. police
said. An unknown man wearing a
white bandanna to conceal his
face threatened a cashier with a
knife and demanded money,
police said.
The man tied the store with an
undisclosed amount of cash,
police said.
Surveillance \ideo released by
police showed a man wearing
loose fitting jeans and a hooded
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sweatshirt, in addition to a white
bandanna. Police described the
robber as a white male in his
twenties, with a thin build and
between 5 feet 10 and 0 feet tall.
At 10:39 p.m. on Nov. 12. the
same Subw'av was robbed at
knifepoint. The description of the
man matched the one from the
first incident, except the man was
wearing a blue bandanna, police
Blasko is currently incarcerat
ed in the Centre County
Correctional Facility on $lOO,OOO
cash bail and his arraignment is
set for Jan. 5. 2011.
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