After a two-year hiatus, major corporations are finally starting to hit college career-fair tables again. Bank of America plans to offer 1,300 recent graduates jobs this year, and Microsoft will visit more business schools, marking the first time the company has expanded its footprint since 2009. With the school year wrapped, college career centers are excited to find that job opportunities not a distant dream anymore and are once again a reality.
In 2008 when the market crashed, a lot of changes were made and businesses weren't expecting the huge decrease in hiring that came along with it. But now that the numbers are on the rise, career counselors and students across the country are feeling a bit of relief, welcoming the rise as a promising sign of the economy's gradual return.
According to a recent report from the National Association for Colleges and Employers, planned job offers for recent graduates are up 19.3% from 2010. The study comes from self-reported data by numerous companies around the world. Those gains are in contrast to 2009, when hiring dropped more than 20% across the United States from 2008.
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