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Tickers in this Article: VCR, VGT, PBE, MCD, GOOG, GENZ, AMGN, CMCSA
Lehman Brothers filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, with Barclays (NYSE:BCS) absorbing parts of its business, Merrill Lynch (NYSE:MER) is in the process of acquiring Bank of America (NYSE:BAC) and Citigroup (NYSE:C) recently announced plans to lay off 50,000 employees. With so many industries sinking rapidly, new college graduates are forced to put their Wall Street dreams on hold, think outside of box and seek employment elsewhere. Luckily for them, the consumer goods, technology and healthcare sectors are still hiring.

New grads looking for work should consider some of the companies in the following ETFs:

Hiring Industries
Corresponding ETFs
Consumer goods
Vanguard Consumer Discretionary ETF (NYSEArca:VCR)
Vanguard Information Technology ETF (NYSEArca:VGT)
PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome (NYSEArca:PBE)

Consumer Goods
Three of the year's top performing holdings in the VCR fund include McDonald's (NYSE:MCD), Comcast (Nasdaq:CMCSA) and Direct TV (NYSE:DTV). McDonald's, for example, has been able to perform well by keeping its prices low, its food quality high and its sales growth around the world expanding. In October, McDonald's reported comparable sales increases of 5.3% in the U.S., 9.8% in Europe and 11.5% in Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa combined. In its home state of Illinois, McDonald's is hiring Business Technical Analysts and a Director of Global Restaurant Recruitment Strategy. (For more about investing in the retail sector, read Analyzing Retail Stocks.)

The VGT ETF is comprised of leading technology companies, including Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL), Google (Nasdaq:GOOG), Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) and IBM (NYSE:IBM).

Google's multi-faceted approach for gaining market share by competing with Yahoo for online marketing dollars and warring with Apple by introducing a product similar to the iPhone, for example, has allowed the company to generate $5.54 billion in revenues for the third quarter ended September 30, a 31% increase over the same period last year. Some of Google's diverse employment opportunities currently include Office Lead in the West African nation of Nigeria and Senior Account Executive for the Advertising and Sales division in New York.

The 78 million baby boomers approaching retirement in the U.S. suggests that the need for healthcare services will increase in coming years. The PBE fund is comprised of healthcare service providers and drug makers like Genzyme (Nasdaq:GENZ) and Amgen (Nasdaq:AMGN). Genzyme, for example, reported that its third quarter revenues increased 21% to $1.16 billion over the last year. In order to meet the growing market for its medications, including drugs for renal treatments, Genzyme has openings for Business Systems Analysts, Network Management Consultants, Finance Managers and sales positions, including Regional Managers and Biosurgical Sales Specialists.

Final Thoughts
During the downturn in the economy when investors are refocusing their portfolios on growth industries, so should college graduates diversify their approach to job hunting. A flood of new talent into growing sectors may boost employment trends, strengthen expanding companies and help the recovery of the economy overall. Thus, gaining industry experience in the consumer goods, technology and healthcare fields could prove useful to job seekers in the short-term and to Wall Street over the long haul.

For more on ETF investing, check out ETFs: How Did We Live Without Them?

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