Everybody knows the economy has seen better days, especially where unemployment and young professionals are concerned. However, no matter how grim the situation may seem on first glance, there are still businesses out there interested in hiring fresh graduates, be they college or Masters’ degree holders. If you’ve been trying to find a job to no avail last year, check out our list of the seven best companies for college grads in the U.S. for 2014. File a resume, letter of intent and application with them and, who knows? You might just luck out this year, as most of these companies have a long-standing track record of hiring people in their formative professional years.
What are the best companies for college grads?
If you’re looking for a job in high-end retail and you’ve just finished college, be it with a graduate or post-grad degree, then you might be interested in not just shopping at, but also working for Target. The general merchandising company had a projected level of 1,000 hires in 2010, all of them for entry positions. Masters’ degree holders were also able to take a mid-level job with Target that same year.
Graduates with a degree in financial services ought to be happy to apply for KPMG, one of the world’s best known companies in its field. Alongside Deloitte, Ernst & Young and Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG is one of the Big Four in the field of auditing. Some 152,000 people work for KPMG the world over, either in auditing, tax, or in advisory positions. And the Dutch business truly is one of the best companies for college grads: not only did it project it would hire more than 1,750 of them in 2010, for entry-level positions and internships, but it also ranked in the top 10 charts in both categories that same year.
Ernst & Young
Similar to the above entry, Ernst & Young is one of the most globally acclaimed financial services company. Founded in 1949 and based in London, England, it’s got over 700 companies in more than 150 countries. Three years ago, it hired nearly 2,000 entry-level applicants, as well as more than 700 Masters’ degree holders. We hope these college graduates managed to kick their careers into high gear, by working for the year’s second biggest post-grad degree holder employer.
Passionate about cars? Then you might be interested in working for Hertz, one of the world’s biggest companies for car rentals. In 2009, the company hired over 3,000 entry-level applicants, all of them college graduates. In 2010, it upped the ante and added 500 new positions to the tally. We’re hoping they keep up that upward trend for 2014, as well.
Once upon a time, few things could be more exciting than traveling the world for work purposes. If you’re the kind of college graduate with a dream of seeing, improving, and understanding the world, then the Peace Corps is the organization you might want to apply with. In 2010, the not-for-profit estimated it would be hiring over 4,000 entry-level applicants. You’ll also be happy to find out that that massive number has stayed largely the same throughout the years, ever since this Forbes chart was launched, back in 2002.
Teach for America
Also interested in working for a charity, but rather by staying in the United States, than by traveling abroad? Teach for America hires some 4,500 college degree holders each year and the fact that it’s such a popular teaching program should convince you of the level of professionalism this program brings. It might be an NGO, but that is no reason it can’t be included on our list of the best companies for college graduates in the US.
HP is well-known around the world for its policies regarding college graduate hires. The corporate environment, possibilities for moving up the proverbial ladder, and inviting perks, make HP one of the best companies to work for in general. Now, if you’re only fresh out of college, you might be happy to find out that the business projected hiring over 5,000 college degree holders in 2010. This made it rank first on Forbes’ best companies for college graduates chart that year, in the Computers & Office Equipment section. It also ranked third for Masters’ hires that same year.