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DESPITE RECESSION, COLLEGE STUDENTS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR FUTURES, RIGHT ASSOCIATES SURVEY SHOWS

 DESPITE RECESSION, COLLEGE STUDENTS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT THEIR FUTURES,
 RIGHT ASSOCIATES SURVEY SHOWS
 PHILADELPHIA, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In spite of the recessionary climate, today's college students expect starting salaries of $20,000- $30,000, a promotion within one to two years and relatively short job search times, according to a recent survey by Right Associates.
 Right Associates surveyed 325 students attending career seminars provided by the firm in major cities across the United States. The survey, conducted annually, investigates career preferences and goals, job search and career expectations, as well as attitudes toward future career advancement.
 The results showed a slight increase in starting salary expectations compared to last year. In 1991, 3 percent of students surveyed expected to obtain first jobs paying more than $35,000; whereas, in 1992, 5 percent expect this salary. Last year, 63 percent of those surveyed expected to receive starting salaries in the $20,000-$30,000 range. This year, that percentage rose to 65 percent.
 At the same time, 63 percent of students this year expect to be promoted within one to years of starting their careers.
 Furthermore, while 55 percent of students feel the present economic climate has impeded their job search, 44 percent still expect to start their first job less than three months after graduation.
 These results raise some concern over students' high expectations. "It is important to ensure that students' expectations are in sync with the realities of the marketplace," said Stanley R. Tilton, president and chief executive officer of Right Associates. "If they are not, employers will have a lot of unsatisfied employees on their hands."
 Despite recessionary fears, 91 percent of students surveyed are still optimistic about their future careers. The percentage of students expecting to change careers (77 percent) and those expecting to start their own business (53 percent) has remained constant over the past three years, as has the percentage of students planning to obtain advanced degrees (77 percent). In addition, three out of four students expect to attain the same or better standard of living than their parents, the majority of which hold professional positions.
 Right Associates, headquartered in Philadelphia, is the world's leading publicly held organization specializing in career management and human resource consulting. The firm has more than 90 offices worldwide. It is well-known for its career transition consulting services, designed to assist employers with termination issues and to help separated employees develop skills and strategies needed to find new employment.
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