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Architecture Majors Hit Hardest by Unemployment

Man working on a computerWant job security? Then you may want to consider the following majors: engineering, science, education and healthcare.

A recent report by Georgetown University revealed that if you want to land a job fresh out of college, you have to major in a field that is linked to these fastest growing industries. The study by Georgetown’s Center on Education and the Workforce also reported which majors are failing degree holders.

Architecture grads, for instance, have the highest unemployment rate of their peers. They’ll have to tackle figures of about 13.9 percent due to the decline in housing construction.

The survey also revealed that grads with non-technical degrees are facing tough unemployment rates. Those who majored in the arts have an 11.1 percent unemployment rate. While those with degrees in the social sciences have a rate of 8.9 percent.

Futures look grim for some of those students who want to study their passions in college. “People keep telling kids to study what they love — but some loves are worth more than others,” said one of the study’s authors, Anthony P. Carnevale.

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University of Phoenix Launching Continuing Education School

Working professionals and adults that want to increase their knowledge will now have a chance to take continuing education courses at the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix, owned by the Apollo Group, will soon be offering the School of Continuing Education for current professionals and working adults. The individual classes and certificate programs will start this year and will focus on teaching and training students in rapidly-changing technologies. The curriculum for the School of Continuing Education will build on some of the existing curriculum already available at the University of Phoenix.

Al De Seta is the new dean and executive director of the School of Continuing Education. He believes that in order to stay competitive, people must demonstrate and increase their value to employers. Continued learning and professional development are some of the best ways to exhibit this. This new program will allow people to gain new skills and expertise while strengthening their careers and their personal brands.

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Two Stable and Growing Careers

classroomIt’s a scary time for college graduates. Although the economy has improved recently, we are still in a recession and jobs are hard to come by.

In looking at industries, retail lost 45,000 jobs, finance lost 42,000 jobs, and manufacturing lost 207,000 jobs, signalling the largest one-month decline in over 25 years.  Many college seniors are therefore considering graduate school, simply because there are not enough jobs.

Is there any hope?

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