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​New Ohio State graduates already filling the state’s most competitive jobs

Thousands of new graduates of The Ohio State University are walking out of college and into a hot job market and helping employers fill critical roles.

Ray Albertini’s degree in economics was one of a record 11,907 degrees awarded on Sunday. He already has a job as a financial adviser at a local financial planning firm in Columbus. He wanted to be a teacher but found his calling in economics.

“[Financial planning] is a good balance of a dorky side of me. You know, working with numbers and interest rates,” he said. “But I also get to work with people and help them reach goals so it’s similar to teaching, to an extent.”

Financial analysts and financial managers are two of the more than 200 occupations that Ohio considers in demand for employers. The state is highlighting those jobs this week for the inaugural In-Demand Jobs Week.

The goal is to help students and job seekers discover, get connected with and learn more about the careers that are available in their local communities. 

“This is a great opportunity to strengthen the connection between Ohio’s business and education communities,” Ohio Sen. Bill Beagle, one of the sponsors of the bill creating In-Demand Jobs Week, said in a press release. “The week was designed to increase awareness about high-paying, in-demand career opportunities and to help equip the workforce of tomorrow with the skills required in a rapidly evolving 21st century economy.”

Albertini’s education helped him prepare for his career – and he is not alone at Ohio State. According to  OhioMeansJobs.com, 84 jobs requiring a bachelor’s degree are in demand across the state. The university’s most recent graduation survey finds Ohio State students reported accepting employment in 81 of the 84 in-demand jobs.

Jennifer Aneshansley, a psychology major, said she is heading into the job market looking for work. She said her education should help her in her career.

“I learned a lot about people and how to deal with them and the reasons behind why they act the way they do,” she said.

Ohio State works with students and employers to help them connect through career fairs, networking events and online resources. The Buckeye Careers program in the Office of Student Life offers career development assistance, support and resources for all Ohio State students. And the university also has over 15 college-based career-services offices on campus.

These services point to success: 77 percent of students at Ohio State complete an internship, co-op or other career-related experience. Half of those students who complete the career experience end up taking a job with that organization at graduation.

In-Demand Jobs Week runs through Friday.