Most USC students are not looking for non-profit jobs
Posted March 23, 2011 at 12:03 am in News
Despite the national trends of young college graduates taking more federal government and non-profit jobs, not much change has been seen at USC, according to Angie Wood, director of Employer Relations and Research at the Career Planning and Placement Center.
‚ÄúWe haven‚Äôt seen that trend in terms of companies that are requesting to participate in our [programs],‚ÄĚ Wood said.
According to an analysis by The New York Times of data from the American Community Survey of the United States Census Bureau from 2009, 16 percent more young college graduates worked for the federal government than in the previous year and 11 percent more worked for non-profit groups. A smaller survey by the Labor Department showed the share of educated young people in these jobs continued to rise last year.
Applications for AmeriCorps, a federally funded organization for the advancement of communities across the country, positions have nearly tripled to 258,829 in 2010 from 91,399 in 2008, while the number of Teach for America applications climbed 32 percent last year to 46,359.
Although the majority of recruiters who visit USC are from Fortune 500 companies, USC does host a large number of non-profit recruiters.
TFA is one of the largest non-profit recruiters on campus, according to Wood.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs interesting that although we have so many for-profits, we still have someone like TFA recruit heavily here on campus,‚ÄĚ Wood said. ‚ÄúI think students are consciously making that choice to give back and work for service type or non-profit jobs.‚ÄĚ
Becca Ryan, a senior majoring in neuroscience, was selected to work with TFA in New Orleans. Ryan always knew she would like to work for a nonprofit.
‚ÄúI think with a decrease in jobs, more people are looking toward TFA or graduate programs,‚ÄĚ Ryan said. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a good opportunity to take two years in the real world working and have leniency to figure out what to do.‚ÄĚ
Branche Foston, a senior majoring in communication, is looking to work for a nonprofit after graduation as well, before pursuing a PhD.
‚ÄúI want to take some time off from school to work with nonprofits because that is what brings me the most joy,‚ÄĚ Foston said.
Foston said he doesn‚Äôt believe working in the non-profit sector is or should be the easy and secure alternative to getting a for-profit job, as they are struggling in this economy as well.
‚ÄúMost nonprofits run off of many donations,‚ÄĚ Foston said. ‚ÄúIf they‚Äôre struggling because people are donating less due to the recession, then there‚Äôs no guaranteed way for you to have a job, let alone be paid.‚ÄĚ
CPPC and the USC Alumni Association, in partnership with MyWorkster, held a USC Alumni career fair last week.
The fair featured nearly 50 employers, but only a handful were in the non-profit or public sector.