By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – As Texas Tech students head back to class, graduates are heading to Tech's Career Services in record numbers, needing help in the brutal job market.
"We probably get anywhere from five to ten almost every day," Tech Career Services director David Kraus said, "the economy being a tighter one and a more difficult one, we've certainly seen more alumni who have come back to us looking for new jobs or may have unfortunately been laid off,".
With graduate unemployment rates between five and seven percent, Career Services saw a huge spike from about 50 to several hundred alumni using their services starting around January.
Recent education graduate Jenny Sutton is one of those unemployed struggling to start her career. "Had a couple of interviews and they went really well but I never heard anything back. I've gone to the job fairs and stuff like that but it's just really difficult," said Jenny.
Since she was in grade school, Jenny always knew she wanted to be an elementary teacher. "I just love being able to make a difference," she said, "You know that one moment when you know you've helped somebody or changed the way they feel about something. It's just really rewarding".
But since May, she hasn't had any luck landing a job. "Honestly didn't think it would be that difficult because I went to school here and I did my student teaching here. I just figured there would be more spots available," she said.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Jenny wants to stay in town where all her family, restricting her job search even more. "I feel like might have had a better chance if I would have gone to other places but it was difficult because I want to stay here," she said.
Jenny, like many other unemployed graduates, is doing whatever she can to get her foot in the door for teaching opportunities. She'll substitute this fall and is considering taking another test to become certified for more grades. "I could teach more upper level if it comes to that but I really love the younger children so that's what I hope I can do ".
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