Written by Alex Wiederspiel
Last updated on May 05, 2013 @ 3:51PM
Created on May 04, 2013 @ 6:15PM
While parents are proud of their children for graduating they may not quite understand the challenges their new graduates will face in today's ever-changing job market. We spoke to some students at West Virginia Wesleyan today to find out what they thought.
Students coming into today's job market are finding that it's more and more difficult to get an entry-level job in their field of study. Older employees are staying in their fields longer while salaries are dropping.
Many students now return home to live with their parents. Some estimates believe that up to 85% of all college graduates are moving back into their childhood homes after graduation. West Virginia Wesleyan students told 5 News they had had mixed results in searching for work so far, but they were willing to take their chances.
"Not too confident, but I might be able to market myself. Wesleyan gave me great skills for that," said Class of '13 graduate Kimberly Stephens.
Others were a little more likely to play it conservative and take offers that were already on the table even if it wasn't an ideal first job.
"I only have four credits. I'm trying to get an internship for next semester to finish those four credits. After that I may be playing soccer in an indoor league for a professional team in Baltimore or trying to work in a school setting and go to Graduate School," Class of '13 graduate Joseph Ferraracci told 5 News. He added, "I feel pretty good about that because by the time I get done Graduate School it will be a few more years down the road and the economy will be better."
Graduates seemed to be cautious, but confident, that the economy will move in the right direction.
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