LCSN: NMSU grads are optimistic, despite the economy

April 2, 2010. Retrieved online: April 2, 2010, from Christine Rogel, Las Cruces Sun-News

LAS CRUCES — With graduation quickly approaching, New Mexico State University senior Dustin Hoffman is optimistic about future job opportunities, recession aside.

“I couldn’t be more excited,” said Hoffman, who is graduating with a bachelor’s degree from NMSU’s School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management. “Restaurants are always going to be around, people will always want to go out to eat.”

Hoffman will join 1,400 others expected to participate in the spring commencement ceremony on May 8 at New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center. To accommodate the large number of students, there is a morning ceremony at 10 a.m. and an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. More than 2,000 students applied to graduate this spring and an additional 738 students are candidates for degrees at NMSU’s community colleges.

With nearly 8.2 million jobs lost since the start of the recession in 2007, Jim Peach, an economics professor at NMSU, encourages students to remain hopefully and to be flexible.

“If students absolutely insist on a job in one particular city, they may have a hard time,” Peach said. “But there are companies that are hiring and there are lots of opportunities out there.”

Peach said some professions, such as health services, retail trade, the hotel and tourism industry and temporary employment have recently added jobs. Areas experiencing less job growth are residential construction and manufacturing.

Hoffman is willing to move to another state and is working on lining up a job in Austin, Texas.

“I’m willing to take whatever position opens up and I don’t expect to graduate and start out right at the top; in fact, I wouldn’t want to,” he said.

Read the Las Cruces Sun-News article.

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