LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A record 3,281 students graduated from Texas Tech University this weekend. The past few semesters haven't been an easy time to enter the work force, but many of this weekends grads feel optimistic that things are starting to get better.
Proud parents spent the day snapping pictures of their recent grads. While Red Raiders have enjoyed their graduation festivities, they know the work doesn't end here even if they don't have a job yet. "It's basically going to be a full time job just trying to find a job," said Meg Flick wearing her cap and gown.
David Kraus with University Career Services says it's still a very competitive job market. "Students are facing a tougher time certainly then they were two or three years ago. I think we're starting to see a few signs just within the last month or so maybe it's beginning to turn around, but that may take awhile to translate into actual jobs for students, " said Kraus.
Flick graduated with a degree in communication design, and says recent grads in her field have struggled, but she also thinks the job market will improve soon. "It's starting to get a lot better, but there's still along way to go," she said.
Kraus says for recent graduates like Flick, attitude is everything, "If they're not positive, if they're not upbeat, it comes across very, very quickly."
Kraus also recommends using every resource possible, like online job sites, and says to check them often.
For those May grads looking for a job, Tech will hold a job hunting workshop on Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Career Center. They'll teach job search techniques, critique resumes, and hold mock interviews. If you want to sign up for that call the Career Center at 742-2210.
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