Soon to be college graduates find today's job market tough - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/12/09

Soon to be college graduates find today's job market tough

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - This year's college graduation class will be the largest in American history. Right now, many of those soon to be grads are still looking for post graduation employment in the worst job market in years. In just a few short weeks about 1.5 million college students nationwide will walk the stage in their cap and gown.

Texas Tech University senior Michael Whitson feels lucky because he's had a job lined up for almost a year now, since before the economy's down turn. However, he says many of his classmates are not as fortunate. "It's a tough market. There are jobs out there, but they're very competitive and not all college students in the market, so it makes it very difficult to find a job," said Whitson. 

Gary Jackson is searching for a job in his major, computer engineering, but at this point says he's open to other options, "It's kind of rough, you know. A lot of people are getting their jobs slashed in management, and stuff like that. Right now, I'm just looking to get what I can for right now."

Whitson says many of his classmates will pursue graduate degrees because they can't find a job in their field.  He says at the Texas Tech Career Center, where he works, it seems college seniors are having more difficulties finding jobs than in the past. "Compared to a couple years ago, it's a lot tighter than it was," said Career Center Director David Kraus of the current job market. 

For many in the class of 2009, as graduation approaches so does unemployment. The director of the Career Center suggests students start their job search 9 to 12 months before they finish school if they hope to start work right after graduation.

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