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By LLOYD LAGOS
"What kind of job am I going to
This question is a common one,
and it's one that seniors seem prone
to ask as May approaches.
The prospective job hunter has to
examine many factors, said Marcia
Harris, director of the University
Career Planning and Placement Serv
ices. The student needs to examine
the importance of income on job
contentment. He or she should have
geographical flexibility and should
take into consideration the hours, the
working environment, job security and
"There is a high demand for com
puter science, math, business, account
ing, the health fields and education,"
she said. "I am also happy to note
that there is an increased interest by
employers for the liberal arts."
Students seeking jobs in journal
ism, the arts, advertising, radio and
television will enter a very competi
tive market. "It is simply a question
of supply and demand, there are more
people that want those jobs than there
are jobs, and the marginal candidate
will have a difficult time if he is not
"Job seekers should be aware that
employers look at credentials in ad
dition to their major. One's marketa
bility is very important and this can
be enhanced by choosing the right
electives. Grades, leadership and work
experience makes a big difference in
getting the desired job," Harris said.
Jobs most heavily recruited on
campus include banking, sales, re
tail, manufacturing and accounting.
There also is a heavy demand for
teachers in this state, especially in
languages, math and science, accord
ing to an employment survey of May
1989 UNC graduates.
The majority, 67 percent, of UNC
graduates find jobs in North Caro
lina while 18.6 percent and 6.6 per-"
cent find jobs in other Southeastern
states and in the Northeast respec
tively, according to the survey. Na
tionally, the Southwest (including
California) has the most opportuni
ties for employment.
The latest figures from the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics show that
the fastest growing occupations are
those in the fields of computer sci
ence, engineering, applied sciences
and the health professions. Computer
programmers can expect an increase
from 479,000 jobs (1986) to 758,000
by the year 2000, while, medical as
sistants will increase by 107,000 jobs.
Oversaturated fields, those with
greater demand than available jobs,
for graduates with bachelor's degree
include communications, visual and
1988 graduate job location
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6.57 North Carolina
1988 Graduate mean salary by GPA
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performing arts, psychology, life sci
ences, home economics, philosophy
and religious studies, according to
the U.S. Department of Education.
Many graduates find jobs totally
unrelated to their respective degrees,
especially those majoring in sociol
ogy, history, political science and
speech communications, the employ
ment survey said. Graduates who seek
career-entry positions find that most
of these jobs are related to the fields
of study. These include accounting,
business administration, chemistry,
computer science, dental hygiene,
education, journalism, nursing, phar
macy and RTVMP.
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ketable skills, there are some great
"Good opportunities for people of
color exist in both science and tech
nology fields. These fields are so wide
open ... and they are definitely look
ing for people of color," she said.
Hotel service and management and
financial services are also expanding
Maurice DeBerry of GE Capital
financial services, a company of
General Electric (GE), said the Fi
nancial Management Summer Intern
ship Program recruited minorities
from the UNC campus. The intern
ship is designed to facilitate minority
awareness of corporate America and
to increase the number of minorities
working for GE in a financial capac
ity. Students can learn about the cor
porate, work and social atmosphere,
When choosing students for the
internship, quality is more important
than quantity. There is no given
number accepted for internships; the
best students are chosen after they
are interviewed, he said.
Instead of going to predominately
black schools for interns, which cor
porate America usually does, GE is
looking for top minority students at
universities like UNC. Top minority
students are not only at predominately
black schools, they go to other uni
versities also, he said.
Employers in arts fields fail to recruit strongly at UNC
By D'ANN PLETCHER
If you are a graduating senior who
was daring enough to major in mu
sic, drama, art or English without
planning to do graduate work in the
field or teach school, people only have
one question to ask you. From your
older brother in the accounting firm
to your Aunt Lou to the grocery clerk
who has been waiting on your family
since 1963, it's: "Great. So whadda
ya gonna do with that?"
And if you are the average senior
(make that the average honest sen
ior), you are probably wondering the
same thing yourself. While many of
the big companies who interview on
campus employ graduates of all de
gree tracks, this general type of re
cruitment doesn't seem to provide
much hope for those who wish to
utilize their specific artistic talents.
One answer to this dilemma may
be that the artistically inclined must
look a litde harder to find jobs that1
will really exercise their expressive
energies. Some of the best jobs for
writers, actors and musicians are in
fields that just don't recruit, accord
ing to Vicki Lotz, liberal arts coun
selor at University Career Planning
and Placement Services (UCPPS).
"Public relations, advertising and
non-profit organizations provide some
of the best opportunities for arts-related
majors, but they just don't re
cruit. You've got to get out there
yourself and make the contacts and
find the job."
Lotz suggests first conducting an
information interview with someone
who has a job that interests you. Find
out what the person actually does and
what skills he or she has. At the very
least you'll find out if you really want
to pursue that career. You may even
find a valuable contact that could lead
you to a job. You never know which
contact is going to eventually land
you a job. The important thing for
1 'seniors- is to 'start networking now; .
In the nine years Lotz has worked
at UCPPS, studio art and history
majors have earned jobs in galleries,
museums and local arts councils.
Major corporations also are begin
ning to hire art majors to help select
art for company collections.
Lotz said English majors had been
hired by companies to write press
releases, in-house communications,
employee bulletins and general com
Students with a flair for compos
ing music have found jobs writing
commercial jingles for advertising
companies, according to Harold
Andrews, director of undergraduate
music studies. Dean Johnson, a seri
ous composer and former UNC stu
dent, earned a few extra bucks when
he composed a tune for the anniver
sary of the Brooklyn Bridge.
On a less spectacular level, an
other former student landed his first
job as music director "for a sumrrier
camp and now owns his own sum
mer camp. The significant point is
that his musical talent and interest
led him to his business, Andrews said.
A music graduate who started out
as an elementary school music teacher
now specializes in music therapy for
retarded children. It was her interest
in music that lead her to a unique
And creative therapy is not only
for musicians. Brian Cooper, a mu
sic and biology major bound for
medical school, plans to use the same
excercises used by drama students to
sharpen theatrical skills as therapy
for emotionally disturbed patients.
Drama majors interested in the
corporate world are also in luck.
"Companies love students with act
ing experience because they handle
the public so well," according to Dede
Corvinus, undergraduate advisor for
students in the dramatic arts.
"They have an ability to be at ease
irl front of strangers, and they ' can 4
read body language and the subtext
involved in a person's vocal tones
that the average listener misses.
They've been trained to pick up on
these things through acting," she said.
Telemarketing and sales are popu
lar careers among drama graduates
who choose not to pursue acting or
jobs in theater production.
Like careers in music and writing,
advertising seems to be one of the
best fields for a non-academic job
related to their artistic talent. Even
the artist with no commercial train
ing has a chance of finding a job in
an advertising agency. Some agen
cies see the untrained as the unspoiled,
according to Peggy Quinn, under
graduate secretary for the art depart
ment. But while former art students have
found jobs as illustrators, graphic
artists and fashion designers, "art is
just not really a glamour field. You're
going to have to do something nine
to five," Quinn said.