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College graduates look ahead to future jobs

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Colleges all over Michiana are getting ready for graduation day and students are ready to put their diplomas to use.

Many students like Rosaleen Mcsorley are preparing for the big day.

"It's actually terrifying," said Mcsorley.

With their cap and gown in hand, they say finishing college was only the first challenge.

"I think there's always fear that goes into finding your job after graduation," said Allison Rhea. "Certainly you hope that everything you've done is what needs to be done in order to find that perfect position."

Stacie Jeffirs,director of the Career Crossing at Saint Mary's College, says the job placement rate nationally hasn't changed much.

"The past couple of years it's steadily increased. This year it's about the same as it was last year so it's kind of flat," said Jeffirs.

She says there are some positive signs.

"The highest growth that we're seeing right now are in smaller companies, midsize companies. We see a lot of start ups and there's a lot of job creation going on."

She says while many students are optimistic about the futures, there are plenty with concerns.

"I've seen the ones who know what they're doing and I've seen the ones who are facing challenges, experiencing struggles." Jeffirs said.

Mcsorley has a job lined up for after graduation, but she says it wasn't easy.

"I applied for I would say ten jobs at the beginning of the year and I'd get calls back on my resume and those types of things are pleasing, but the entire job application experience is just so stressful, so time consuming."

So, while these students have jumped one hurdle and made it to graduation, the challenges aren't over.

Allison says, "There's a lot of excitement, but there's certainly a lot of anticipation for what's coming next."

Both Notre Dame and Saint Mary's start graduation activities on May 18th.

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