Job Market: Gen Yers Make Themselves Look Bad

Gen Y gets a lot of shit, not all of it deserved, but the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ annual student survey contains some shocking info:

Though 52 percent of graduating seniors think they’ll have a job in three months, only 59 percent of this year’s class had started looking for one as of April 30, 2009. Factor out the 26 percent who say they’re going straight to grad school and that still leaves one in six very hubristic kiddos.

Fewer than 20 percent who have applied for jobs have an offer in hand, but of those who do have offers, almost three-fourths of them completed at least one internship.

Hear that? Do your internship(s) and send out those resumes, but for the love of God, whatever you do, don’t wait until May of your senior year to start looking for work.