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Nereus, 1 Of 4 Submersibles To Reach Depths Of Mariana, Is Lost

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 07:11

The unmanned vehicle was 30 days into a 40-day expedition when it imploded under pressure as great as 16,000 pounds per square inch. Nereus was exploring the Kermadec Trench northeast of New Zealand.

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When you talk about a 'first job,' what do you mean?

Marketplace - American Public Media - Mon, 2014-05-12 07:08

Graduation season is upon us and many college graduates are relentlessly sending out monotonous cover letters to any and every employer out there -- everyone hoping to land their first “real job.”

But what exactly is a first “real job?” Is it an internship? Is it working as a barista to pay the bills? Is it your first entry-level position on your prospective career path?

The concept of a first “real job” can mean a lot of things nowadays, considering the fact that many new grads are starting out by applying to internships.

And that's probably because you need more than just a college education to get your first "real job”.

A survey conducted by Marketplace and The Chronicle for Higher Education revealed that employers who hire recent graduates prefer on-the-job experience to academic credentials. Marketplace's Amy Scott recently attended an event sponsored by the Student Intern Network to get an insight into the minds of unpaid interns. There, she spoke with its founder, Zachary Huhn, who said, "over 60 percent of employers say that graduates are not prepared for the workforce when they graduate."

Is that true?

Take me, for example. I am an intern at Marketplace today, and when I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in political science, my big resume bullet points included: two unpaid internships, one in Los Angeles and one in D.C., experience abroad -- living in Germany, to be exact -- and some work experience as a lifeguard.

I felt I was ahead of the game. I felt I was ready for my first career-starting job.

But was I? After applying online to various entry-level positions, I quickly realized I didn't have the qualifications hiring managers believed I needed to secure a full-time position.

Most jobs I applied to required at least one or two years of experience, as opposed to my six months' worth. So I sought out another internship after graduation, and now I am working on my fourth, as a digital intern here at Marketplace. The one-year anniversary of my graduation looms ahead.

How will internship expectations pan out for the class of 2013 graduates, like myself, who have been getting on-the-job experience  in order to get their first "real jobs"? We’re beginning a series of reports asking people: What did it take to get your first “real job”? And what exactly is a “real job” anyway?

As I tried to answer these questions for myself, I realized it's a bigger story. So I went to someone with expertise on the internship process: ProPublica's Project Intern intern, Casey McDermott.

“I don’t think it indicates something wrong with the hiring process. I would hope that hiring managers would be able to look at a student holistically, instead of just looking at the lines on a person's resume," says Casey McDermott. McDermott just got her first "real job" as a reporter for the New Hampshire newspaper, the Concord Monitor.

Prior to getting this latest job, McDermott traveled across the country with ProPublica, taking a closer look at the human impact of internships.

"The project we did was focused on highlighting student voices: How can we spotlight students’ stories who have been interns and how has that either helped them or hurt them or changed their view on the work force?" says McDermott.

In contrast to the survey, however, Casey attributes her success to more than just her internship experiences.

"I think it was a combination of what I learned and what I was able to communicate about my learning experiences in my internships during the application process," she says. "But it was also my experience in college. Working at my college newspaper the Daily Collegian at Penn State was also instrumental in getting me employment."

Lucky for current graduating seniors, the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Job Outlook 2014 Spring Update survey is reporting that employers plan to hire 8.6 percent more class of 2014 graduates than they hired from the Class of 2013.

How will this vary among industries? Will this benefit the computer science major more than the liberal arts major?

This series is driven by viewer response, so we want to hear from you. Tweet us, tell us on Facebook or answer in the comments section below.

West Brom part company with Mel

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 07:06
West Bromwich Albion part company with manager Pepe Mel after only four months in charge at the Premier League club.

Three men sought over gang rape

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 07:03
Police hunt three men after a 33-year-old woman was forced into a common close and raped.

AUDIO: Trial cancer drug 'saved my life'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:56
A grandfather with leukaemia, who was given just two years to live, is in remission after taking a new trial drug.

Woman stripped ex's apartment bare

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:54
A woman who hired a van to strip her former boyfriend's flat bare - even taking the carpets - is spared a jail sentence.

Gary Barlow should keep OBE - Cameron

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:43
David Cameron rejects calls for Gary Barlow to hand back his OBE after it emerged he put money into a fund ruled to be a tax-avoidance scheme.

BBC 'unfair' on DJ says Cameron

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:35
David Cameron accuses the BBC of being "slightly unfair" in its dealings with a local radio presenter who lost his job after playing a song with racist lyrics.

Putin's next move?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:28
What will Russia's Vladimir Putin do next over Ukraine?

Barkley in England World Cup squad

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:24
Midfielder Ross Barkley is included in England's World Cup squad as Roy Hodgson selects a youthful 23-man party for Brazil.

Could Boris Johnson be UK PM and then be US president?

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:16
Boris Johnson has renewed his US passport. Is it possible to be UK prime minister and then US president?

'I Was Baited,' Donald Sterling Tells CNN In (Mostly) Apologetic Interview

NPR News - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:15

"I mean, that's not the way I talk," Clippers owner Donald Sterling tells CNN. He also said he doesn't see Magic Johnson as "a good example for the children of Los Angeles."

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Search for wreckage in balloon crash

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 06:00
Officials are searching for the wreckage of a hot air balloon crash near Richmond, Virginia, after a third victim was found.

Ranger cleared of M4 drink charge

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:56
Former Newcastle United and Swindon Town footballer Nile Ranger is cleared of being drunk in charge of his sports car after he was found asleep behind the wheel on the M4 in Wales.

US television shows get the chop

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:49
Parks and Recreation is amongst a number of shows to be earmarked for the axe as the US networks outline plans for the new season and beyond.

Ozzy conversion plan foiled by bats

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:30
Rocker Ozzy Osbourne cannot convert part of his Buckinghamshire estate until he can protect the bats which live there, the council says.

Australia's 'budget emergency'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:15
Can Abbott's spending cuts balance Australia's books?

Termites eat away at Paraguay palace

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:02
Paraguay's presidential palace is threatened by termites, which have infested much of the historic building's west wing, architects say.

VIDEO: Jellyfish 'size of wheelie bins'

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 05:01
Dozens of giant jellyfish have been washing up on beaches in Dorset.

Peer faces Lords expenses suspension

BBC - Mon, 2014-05-12 04:47
Lord Hanningfield is ordered to repay £3,300 and faces suspension until the end of the current Parliament after breaching expenses rules.
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