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Pomp and uncertain circumstance as grads hit job market

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - San Diego State grads are facing the ultimate test: finding a job in this shaky market. But many we spoke to Friday say they are up to the challenge.

Years of hard work are paying off for thousands in their caps and gowns, but just because they have a piece of paper that says they have a degree, it doesn't mean a bright outlook for everyone.

Late Friday afternoon more than 2,200 SDSU students graduated with engineering and sciences degrees. Chris Ruiz says he relied on networking to meet the right people to guarantee a job after graduation, but not everyone is as lucky.

David Koven says he had to go to New Mexico for an internship and has traveled across the country on interviews, now coming to the realization that to move ahead with his degree as an environmental engineer, he'll have to make some adjustments.

"I'm definitely willing to make sacrifices, definitely on location, definitely on probably pay, probably wouldn't make as much as I would have hoped to make," David said.

Others like Travis Rollason have a cushion of time to wait out the job market as he prepares to continue with education at UC Davis' veterinary school.

SDSU's director of career services Dr. James Tarbox says on average 70 percent of these graduates were working while going to school to get their foot in the door, and relied on campus career services more than ever.

"We've tracked right now over 10,000 in-person visits to our office, that's up about 10 to 20 percent from last year, and up about 10 to 20 percent from the year before," Tarbox said.

Doctor Tarbox adds that this group of graduates is slightly different than the 2009 graduates who graduated in the middle of the recession. He says these men and women have lived within it and understand what they have to do to land their next job. Although it's still not an easy task, considering so many graduates from last year are not working their dream job and are doing so for lower pay.

SDSU offers up one additional course of study for the recent graduates called Career University, and it works as a preparation class to teach them how to perfect their job search skills and get into the workforce.

 

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