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New Graduates Stay In School, Wait Out Poor Job Market

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 16, 2011

One of the students getting a diploma is Amanda Proschold who majored in Communication Studies.

"I'm feeling excited. I think it's been a great 4 ½ years."

Proschold says rather than trying to find a job, her next move is to enter the university's teacher credential program.   

"I'm going to just go ahead and keep going with the school for a little while and that way I'm not forced to try to get into the job market quite yet."

Charles Dickey is another new grad continuing with his education. He's applying to grad schools across the nation.

Dickey's goal is to become a Film Studies college professor. He says getting into one of those schools is tough right now. The recession has spurred lots of unemployed people to go back to school.

"…and they're coming from positions of being a curator at a museum or they already have a master's, and so that floods the applications for master's and PhD programs now."

For grads who will be trying to get a job, there was some encouragement this past semester. Kim Nava with Sacramento State says the university's Career Center saw a slight uptick in job offers for students.

"One example was a student had been offered a job by Intel and we hadn't had that kind of offer in five years from Intel."

However, it promises to be a tough job search for many new grads. Recently released U.S. Census data show that young adults are currently suffering from the highest unemployment since World War II.

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