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New Grads' Top Countries to Work

Posted by: Lindsey Gerdes on May 20

First-time job seekers surveyed by and employment info provider Going Global chose their top international destinations. American students chose the United Kingdom as their top destination, followed by China, the United States, France and Australia. Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, Spain and Italy rounded out the top ten.

But what I found even more puzzling was that students were also surveyed on their top American cities to start a career and a whopping 83% chose ultra-expensive New York City (trust me, I would know.) Washington D.C. was a very distant second.

NYC-bound, newly-minted grads may want to check out a column I wrote three years after moving to the city. It's a tough place, guys, although it does have its upsides, for sure. First and foremost, many of your friends will likely cycle through the city their first five years or so (at least, that's what happened with me) after graduation so you'll usually have fun, interesting people around (and it's always a place that's easy to get people to visit as well.)

I digress though--The study also included the top destinatons foreign- born students selected. The top of the list was exactly the same with the United Kingdom, China, and the U.S. placing one, two, and three for international students. However, Hong Kong and India took the next two slots. So the U.S. comes in third for American and non-American students alike.

Reader Comments

Alejandro S

May 25, 2009 11:59 PM

Many students find themselves wondering what to do when the college year ends. What to do when the college year ends when it's your senior year is even more fraught with anxiety. That first job when you're out of college has to be better than working the grill shift at a burger joint – you've got a personal loan to pay back that got you through your education. Student loans are an increasing cause of bankruptcies in younger people, as the cost of education increases dramatically and fewer jobs are available that a person can start a career with. There's retraining, but it seems almost pointless to go through retraining with short term loans after the training of the college year ends.

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