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Grads And The Job Market

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It's that time of the year again where college graduates are walking across the stage to get that piece of paper they've worked so hard for. But, a recent report form the Economic Policy Institute shows there is a weak labor market.

It says the chances of graduates landing a job are slim.

"I can't even believe it's already here," said Hanna Nuss, who graduated with a degree in Healthcare Administration from Ashford University on Sunday.

"I'm very excited. I look forward to being able to do my job that I've been trained for now," said another Ashford University graduate, Carolyn Fahey, who received a degree in Heath Marketing Communications this weekend.

The auditorium was filled with smiling faces of soon to be college graduates anxiously awaiting their turns to walk across that stage. The future looks bright from where some are sitting.

"Extremely secure. My husband and I are both graduating and we both have jobs," said Nuss. "We're kind of living the dream. We graduated with a Bachelors and we both got jobs. We decided to go on and get our Masters and we both still have jobs. Today, that's a blessing."

Others say having a job in today's society is just that--a blessing. It's a time when graduates across the country have had a hard time finding jobs.

"There is relief because I'm doing the job. So as I was doing the job I was learning and taking classes at the same time. I have no stress at this point," said Fahey.

Not everyone is as fortunate to land a position. Emily Ramsey majored in healthcare administration. So far, she's had two job interviews and one didn't work out.

" I know when I was looking at like the healthcare jobs, everything required a master's degree, experience and as a new grad I don't have that," Ramsey said. "I made it to the fourth round of interviews and i got that disappointing phone call."

"That's hard too," she added. "The questions when people ask what are you doing next? Well, I'm unemployed, but i think there's hope."

Ramsey says she's hopeful the economy will continue growing, along with jobs,so graduates like herself will have a chance to work in their field.

"Jobs are hard to come by but i think if you have that good attitude--all you need is one person to believe in you," said Ramsey

At the same time, analysts say it is not all doom and gloom as far as job prospects go. Another survey released with the recent jobs report says two thirds of employers asked say they plan to hire grads from this year's class.
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