Connecticut graduates leaving the state to find jobs

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– Thousands of graduates at colleges across Connecticut now have their degrees. The next step is finding a job if they haven’t already. But that may not be exactly easy here in our state.

There are a number of reasons why people choose to go to college here in Connecticut, much of it is personal. However, the goal is to keep them here after they graduate and it seems that’s not always the case. Graduates are having to leave Connecticut in order to find jobs. Young people are extremely valuable to many businesses because of their age and technological skills.

According to recent U.S. census data, more than 17,000 young adults between the ages of 20 and 24, left Connecticut in 2014 after getting their diplomas. And Connecticut is ranked the 12th worst state within the continental U.S. when it comes to students leaving.

Last year GE announced it’s moving its world headquarters from Fairfield to Boston. Other companies threatening to leave as well and that’s not helping matters.

News 8 spoke with a professor at Quinnipiac University in the department entrepreneurship and strategy. He says there’s something the state and businesses can do to help students stay here in Connecticut.

“They can try to provide tax incentives for companies to provide internships, which are really the best way for college students today to get a job upon graduation. It’s not the old send out the resume routine so if they could help companies set up valuable internships, not rip off internships, that would be useful,” said Prof. David Cadden, Quinnipiac University.

Professor Cadden says that some state schools, like Southern and Central Connecticut have roughly 80 to 85% of their grads stay in state. So it’s not all bad news. It does depend on your major.

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