Employment prospects for Kansas University graduates in 1992 are looking a bit gloomy, but graduates still can find jobs if they work at it, KU officials say.
"I think this is a difficult job market, personally," said Terry Glenn, director of the University Placement Center. "The graduates will have to look a little bit harder than in the past."
Glenn said 1992 graduates will need more time to find the right job, and will have fewer job opportunities to choose from, unless the current economy turns around.
"I'd say, generally, the prospects are somewhat bleak, however . . . there are some prospects out there," said Jim Henry, associate director and counselor for the placement center. "They have to keep looking."
ABOUT 150 employers usually visit KU through the placement center each year, but the number is expected to be slightly down in 1991-92, officials said.
Glenn and Henry said the outlook for KU graduates this spring looks to be about the same or slightly better compared with college graduates in other parts of the nation.
"I would imagine the Midwest is about the same, maybe a little bit better than in other parts of the country," Henry said.
And, he said, "Our graduates should be able to compete with anybody's."
Henry and Glenn recommend that 1992 graduates come to the placement center as early as they can and take advantage of the interviews that are conducted on campus.
IN ADDITION to the placement center, several KU schools and departments offer their own job placement assistance programs.
"What we're seeing right now is that the on-campus recruiting is down this year," said Carl Locke, dean of KU's School of Engineering.
Last year, 97 employers visited the the engineering school, he said.
Locke said he expected the number to be down 10 percent to 20 percent in 1992.
But he said engineering students still should have a good chance at finding a job in 1992.
"Even when the economy is down, engineers seem to have a good chance at finding something," he said. "There just may be a slight delay."
Locke said that in the last two years, 98 percent of all KU engineering graduates have found work within two or three months. He said that unless the economy changes, that trend should continue.
Dana Leibengood, associate dean of the school of journalism, said times are tough in the journalism and advertising fields.
"Just as long as the advertising revenues are down, we're going to have a lean job market," he said."
Leibengood said it is important for new graduates to be flexible when they think about taking a job.
STUDENTS SEEM to be sensing that the perfect job may be hard to find immediately.
Rob Wheat, who graduated with a journalism degree this month, said he wasn't too optimistic about finding a job in the next few months.
"I will probably have to take a job that I hate, until I find something that I love to do," he said. "It's a tough economy out there."
Kris Weidling, a KU senior who will graduate in the spring with a psychology degree, said he'll have to be flexible and persistent in looking for a job.
"I'm being as general as I possibly can," he said. "I'm not necessarily pessimistic, but you are just going to have to hustle to find what you want."
In the KU Law School, job opportunities are expected to be fairly good, said Lilian Six, director of career services.
"So far, it appears that the students who graduated from the law school in 1991 are finding employment," she said. "Unless the economy makes a drastic turnaround, I would expect that trend to continue."
In 1991, the law school graduated 166 students. Of those, at least 119 found employment in legal positions and 11 found positions in non-legal positions, according to a survey of graduates.