/ Asked by Jordan
I am currently a junior in college. I have the opportunity to graduate a semester early (graduating December 2014 vs May 2015). I have been told that it is sometimes difficult to find a job if you graduate in December instead of May because of the time frame of when companies typically hire. Do you agree with this? If so, would you recommend if I just go the full four years instead of three and a half?
Answered by Emily, Hiring Expert at Fifth Third Bank, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
This is a good question and I would say that typically companies slow their hiring at the end of the year. Chances are if you graduate in December, you won't be working until February or March. That doesn't mean you have to stay in school another semester. Devoting your time to a job search and networking may be more valuable than stretching out your remaining college classes.
Answered by Megan, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
How excited you must be that graduation is just around the corner! It is true that many companies do a big push for hiring new college grads in the spring, but that is simply because that is when the majority of college grads are available, not typically because of business need. While it would make things much simpler if the hiring needs of employers directly correlated with the availability of new college grads, the reality is that employers need entry-level employees at all times of the year, not just in the spring.
If you have the opportunity to graduate a semester early and are eager to find a full-time position, I would not recommend delaying the process out of fear that you will not be able to find a position. In fact, as a December graduate, you would have substantially less competition when applying for jobs in the winter as opposed to applying for jobs in the spring when the entire crop of new grads are also searching. If you have already developed a strong resume complete with internship experiences, leadership skills and a high GPA, you should have no problem finding a position regardless of what time of the year your degree is completed.
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, November 15, 2013
It is true that many companies slow their hiring in the 4th quarter of the year as they work to meet their annual budget requirements.  The flip side to that is that hiring will often pick up significantly in the 1st quarter of the year.  Therefore, I would not let this deter you.  Graduating a semester early can give an employer insight to your level of dedication.  In Caterpillar's case, we begin our recruiting process several months to a year in advance.  For example, we began to hire our 2013 interns and graduate hires in late summer 2012.  Therefore, if you have the opportunity to graduate early, I would encourage you to do so.
Answered by Jennifer, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, November 15, 2013
I think if you have the opportunity to graduate early that’s great and would recommend to move ahead with the December graduation. While the hiring forecasts may be different than in the Spring, many managers are anxious to fill positions early on in the new year so this gives you an opportunity to go for them. It may also give you some more time to search and find the right role for you.
Answered by Paula, Hiring Expert at Cigna, on Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Congratulations on the opportunity to graduate a semester early, what an exciting time for you!  Although job postings may slow in 4th quarter, they significantly pick up in the new year in January.  I recommend graduating early and taking the time to explore different industries and positions.  I also recommend setting up regular meetings with your career center to learn about employers that are visiting campus in the spring semester.  Although they may be on campus to recruit for May opportunities, it is likely that they know of positions that are open for immediate hire.
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