Signs of economic turnaround nationally, locally, on campus

Today, the Associated Press reported that unemployment rates fell or remained level in three-quarters of the 372 largest metropolitan areas, a sign that the economic recovery is widespread.

Locally, the Star Tribune noted that "most of Minnesota's biggest companies feel confident that 2010 will be better." and MinnPost reported that "The metro area saw its unemployment rate drop six tenths of a percentage point from 7.4 percent in March 2009 to 6.8 percent (not seasonally adjusted) in March 2010."

And on campus, students in the UST MBA program have seen first-hand that there are jobs available out there. On April 9, more than two dozen companies participated in a Career Opportunity Fair on campus. Companies ranged in size from small to large within the industries of manufacturing, retail, insurance, financial advising and service.

More than 90 MBA students and recent graduates met with company reps, learned about the various companies and heard about available positions. Initial response from students and employers was that the fair was highly successful and positive in a marketplace that has seen its share of negativity over the past two years.

With graduation only weeks away it is good to see that students are finding success in their career search. UST’s Graduate Business Career Services (GBCS) has professional staff dedicated to the career development needs of UST MBA students in. The GBCS staff believes in empowering students to effectively match their talents with opportunities in the communities of their choice. GBCS is not a placement service, but it will provide the tools necessary to compete successfully for jobs.