A T-shirt for the Class of 2012 reads, “It ends with us. Class of 2012.”
That’s a great play on the notion that when the Mayan calendar ends this year, it will also be the end of the world. But people predict the end of the world almost every day, and here we are.
Others would say the end of the Mayan calendar this year means the end of time. For many graduates, the clock is ticking. Time to finish graduation requirements. Time to send invitations. Time to look for a job.
It’s graduation time and students across the nation are pondering their next moves.
For college graduates, the next step could be a career. There’s good news and bad news in that area.
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Job Outlook 2012, employers who responded to the survey say they expect to hire 10.2 percent more new college graduates from the Class of 2012 than they did from the Class of 2011.
However, while more employers are hiring, a lot of people are competing for the best jobs. Those who have been out of work for months, those now entering the job market and those already working but looking to improve their situations will all be filling out applications.
High school graduates must also consider their next moves, from a summer job to more education.
No, it’s not the end of time or the end of the world. But, as rock singer Steve Miller once said, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’, into the future.”
The Class of 2012 is slipping into that time line with the rest of us. Best of luck.