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ND's Female College Grads Could Find More Difficult Job Search

PHOTO: Studies indicate female college graduates may have a tougher time finding a job and finding one that pays a fair wage. Photo credit: COD Newsroom/Flickr.
PHOTO: Studies indicate female college graduates may have a tougher time finding a job and finding one that pays a fair wage. Photo credit: COD Newsroom/Flickr.
May 11, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. - With college graduation ceremonies coming soon, many North Dakota students are now getting ready to land their first job post-schooling and the search may be a bit tougher for female graduates. While a first job can be difficult for any grad to get and many find themselves underemployed, studies indicate it's that much harder for women.

Rachel Elahee is a psychologist and life management coach for professional women, who says some of the extra demands placed on females are self-created.

"Research shows we absolutely have to prove ourselves more, but it also shows we think we have to know more than our male counterparts," says Elahee.

Elahee says it's important for female graduates to have a full understanding of their value to a potential employer, and to apply for positions where they have plenty of room to grow.

"Part of the advice would be to just go for it," she says. "If you know you have the potential to do the job, even if you don't have all of the experience, go for it. Don't hold back."

A 2014 Bloomberg Businessweek study found women graduating with business degrees are less likely to get job offers than male counterparts.

According to the American Association of University Women, women who graduate from college will receive lower starting salaries than men in their first year.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - ND