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Sacramento State graduates eye job market

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, May 17, 2010
Capital Public Radio’s news intern Megan Hansen is among the graduates. She set out to discover what graduating seniors are doing after commencement.

By Megan Hansen
It’s finals week at Sacramento State, but the 22-year-old graduates I talked to are only thinking about one thing…life after college.
Roselin: “I’m going to go on vacation to Hawaii and then I’m going to go play rugby for a week for Pacific Coast National Team.”
That’s Lisa Roselin. She’s graduating with a business marketing degree. After a quick break, she hopes to start working for a pharmaceutical advertising firm in New York City. She interned with the company this past summer…and thinks there’s a good chance she’ll be offered a job, but she does have a plan B.
Roselin: “I also interned for a firm in San Francisco and I’ve been talking to them as well. So hopefully if that falls through, then I can head to San Francisco and work for them. They’re both great companies.”

Roselin says she’s confident about her job prospects. But over in the Library, Vincent Martinez says some of his fellow graduates are fretting.
Martinez: “I’ve heard the question ‘what am I going to do on Monday?’ so many times, because after finals, I mean, what do they have?”
Martinez is a rhetorical criticism and public discourse major. He’s hoping to find a job with the state of California.
Martinez: “To be honest, I have uncles that work in Sacramento in pretty high positions. So I might be able to get something from there. But for sure, I have nothing.”
Just outside in the library quad, I meet Aleksandr Yaroshevich. He’s a civil engineering major whose been accepted into Sac State’s graduate studies program. He says there should be some job openings by the time he finishes grad school.
Yaroshevich: “I am hopeful. Civil engineering is a great major to be in statistically looking. And I hear that there’s going to be a lot of people retiring, and should be some positions opening.”
And as for yours truly, I start my new job next month. You can find me working as a newspaper reporter in Crescent City.
Megan Hansen, Capital Public Radio news.
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