5 Unexpectedly Fulfilling Careers for Recent College Grads
Many recent college grads would agree: searching for a position after graduating can be a chore. But those grads can take heart: according to recent ADP job reports, more than 60 percent of new job growth is driven by small- and mid-sized businesses, and 2017 grads are entering the strongest entry-level job market in years.
There are opportunities galore for this year’s graduating class, especially in industries typically dealing with an aging workforce. Many young professionals may think of these industries as less attractive than others, but these positions have the potential to offer Millennials exciting, stable careers in a position they may not think they’re suited for.
Although jobs are plentiful for new grads, oftentimes Millennials – and the employers that want to hire them – don’t know how to connect. In fact, recent research from Avenica, a national career matchmaking firm specializing in entry-level recruitment and hiring, showed that nearly 70 percent of new grads don’t know where their skills fit into the workforce, especially when the jobs don’t necessarily seem appealing. What new college grads might not realize is that several established industries can offer them a fulfilling career where their skills lead to career success, advancement and attractive salaries.
So, which skills, personality traits and experience are those industries looking for to engage the next generation of the workforce? Here’s a breakdown of five industries offering fulfilling career paths for Millennials.
Insurance: Flex your problem-solving skills
Nearly one in four insurance workers are slated for retirement in 2018. This leaves a gaping hole for Millennials to snatch up well-paying entry-level positions in underwriting, claims adjustment, actuarial sciences, brokerage, and other functions perfect for curious new hires, particularly those with analytics and problem-solving skills.
Insurance jobs tend to be perfect for grads with degrees in social sciences – especially psychology, sociology or anthropology. These disciplines allow grads to find the greatest success and satisfaction in the insurance field, where there is room for career advancement and daily problem solving.
Healthcare: Make a difference on a daily basis
Healthcare impacts everyone, and not only are healthcare jobs relatively secure, they’re also fulfilling. Even entry-level positions can have a noticeable impact on people’s livelihoods. Healthcare will be a high-growth industry for years to come due to regulatory compliance and an aging workforce. Therefore, non-traditional nursing roles are on the rise, and transcend roles outside of hospitals and clinics, like forensic nursing and even in-flight nursing.
These jobs are great for grads with a background in marketing, communications, English or psychology. Grads with these disciplines in their repertoire tend to be highly adaptable and adept at managing complex relationships.
Financial Services: Careers that pay back
Millennials are able to align their personal passions with professional success in the financial services industry. From payment processing to asset management and private equity, financial firms offer great opportunities to fulfill long-term career goals while helping families plan for retirement, assisting civil servants in growing their pension funds, and even aiding peers in achieving financial freedom and independence. Financial jobs are excellent for grads with seemingly non-traditional degrees, such as music, fine arts or foreign languages. These grads tend to be meticulous and patient, two qualities necessary for a successful career in finance.
Logistics: Driving the world economy
Ever wonder how Amazon pulls off two-hour delivery? The whole U.S. economy relies on efficient transportation networks and inventory management systems. E-commerce is increasingly driving rapid growth in the logistics and transportation field, and offering well-paying entry-level positions for recent grads with degrees in pretty much any liberal arts discipline. New professionals who have studied analytical social sciences like geography, archaeology, political science or urban planning will find a great degree of satisfaction in this fast-moving industry and enjoy having an effect on the success of the global economy.
Software Applications: Not just for computer pros
Millennials may think that companies looking to hire recent graduates for technology positions are only looking for those with computer science degrees, but familiarity and comfort with technology is also an enormous advantage for most entry-level workers in a wide variety of industries. Along with the growth of companies increasingly automating critical business systems comes the need for tech-savvy young hires that can translate technical “geek speak” for a non-technical audience. Liberal arts grads that have grown up with computers looking for positions with a higher degree of autonomy and flexibility can find happiness in software sales, implementation, training and technical support positions.
There’s no shortage of opportunities for new grads, but Millennials must be ready to seize each opportunity. With a rapidly changing job market, entry-level workers have incredible potential to bring their skills, experience and passions to exciting, lucrative and financially fulfilling careers in field they might not have ever considered.
ContributorBrian Weed is CEO of Avenica, a national career matchmaking firm specializing in entry-level recruitment and hiring. Brian is an experienced business leader with nearly 30 years of experience helping companies of all sizes boost revenue and improve processes as well as outcomes, particularly in the higher education market.