College Grads Nervous about Job Outlook

By KBJR News 1

May 11, 2011 Updated May 11, 2011 at 5:19 PM CST

Duluth, MN (The Northland's NewsCenter) - As the Class of 2011 listens to Pomp and Circumstance on graduation day, the thought on many students mind's may not be excitement, but rather... anxiety.

"I think they know they're not going to get a position in the field they want to go in because the economy is bad and they are kind of at the bottom of the totem pole being recent graduates."

Becca Condon is graduating from UMD on Saturday with a degree in Psychology.

She knows it is going to be a hard road ahead to find a career.

"You really don't have much of a chance getting a job, being a psych student."

In fact, Labor analyst Drew Digby says the problem isn't only isolated to the Northland.

Graduates across the country will be in the same boat.

"Unemployment rates for recent graduates are double or triple than people in their 30's who have some experience."

Digby says students that had internships, or part time jobs within their fields will be ahead of their peers when trying to find careers.

But for students whose prospective career fields don't generally give internships...it's going to be difficult.

Graphic Design student Ben Kuehn says, "There isn't a large amount of internships available for graphic design areas."

He's finding other ways to make ends meet in the meantime.

"I have an interview at a hardware store on Monday so that's how it's looking right now."

Experts say getting your foot in the door early is the key to finding a career right out of college.

"Go out there, do internships, really get that experience when you can so when you graduate you have that resume that's really out there and dynamic for people."

The path may seem bleak, but those that did their homework know they will eventually find a job.

Experts say many students head to larger cities after graduating from college in search of work.

The reality is competition will be even stiffer in cities such as Minneapolis or Chicago.

Written for the web by Chris Axelson
caxelson@northlandsnewscenter.com

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