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May 12th, 2009
09:02 AM ET

Got Jobs?

Not many of this year's college graduates have a job lined up. Not many at all. A new survey has some of the depressing numbers. Josh Levs will talk about that live at 9:30et. But we also want to hear from you. Are you a recent college graduate looking for work? Let us know about your experience. Post your comments below!


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  1. Stephanie Whetsel

    I'll be attending Clemson University to get my Ph.D. Grad school definitely seems like the better bet at this point.

    May 12, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  2. Lee from Maryland

    I am a 2007 history major graduate from a liberal arts college in Maryland. I was also a honors student with a 3.4 GPA, played NCAA baseball and was involved in all sorts of volunteer work and extracurriculars. However, it seems to have gotten me nowhere. I have applied to virtually every possible kind of related and unrelated field but have yet to find a non-minimum wage-type of employment. And I can only worry about having to compete with even more unemployed graduates fresh out of college. It seems we've gotten screwed for the mistakes of those who already had their chance.

    May 12, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  3. Clarissa from Kansas

    I will graduate this Sunday with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. I spent all of this semester interning with the State Department and spent nearly two years during my undergrad working on campaigns. Even with the experiences I've been fortunate enough to have during college, they have not been enough to help me find a job. I spend all my days now job searching with nothing to show for it. I would love to go back to graduate school, as I know many of my classmates would, but with the rising cost of tuition and school loans already piled up, I know that most of us can't afford to go back quite yet. Thus, we are forced into the work force with no prospects and no guarantees of when we will be able to start paying off the debt we already have accumulated. Graduation will not be quite the celebration for most of us as it should be this year.

    May 12, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  4. Michael from North Carolina

    I just graduated with my Master's degree in Accounting and I do have a job lined up with a major public accounting firm. I can attest to accounting students still being able to land jobs in this economy. The majority of my graduating class secured jobs before Christmas.

    May 12, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  5. Matthew

    To see what young Americans are doing to solve this problem, please check out: http://80millionstrong.org/ (80 Million Strong for Young American Jobs).

    May 12, 2009 at 10:03 am |
  6. Sam from West Virginia

    I will be graduating Saturday with a degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering. Fortunately, I've spent the past two summers as an intern with an oil company and was offered a job upon graduating.

    May 12, 2009 at 10:16 am |
  7. ATLevine

    I'm so glad the airlines were able to bring in over a billion dollars from baggage charges. This was to offset $4+ gasoline prices? Now gas prices are around $2/gallon. So why aren't they getting rid of the baggage fees?........

    May 12, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  8. J. Jung

    The young woman is entitled to her own opinion. We are all entitled to our own opinions. FREE SPEECH !! Yeah, for Miss California! Congratulations to her for speaking the TRUTH of her heart. Honesity was treated here with disdain. In regard to her photographs – I am in agreement with DT - this is the 21st century. It is my opinion (am I to be denied my opinion my free speach rights as was Miss California?) - It is my opinion that her photos were not pornographic but were photos that deomonstrated the beauty of the female human body. And on hearing this young woman speak about and forgive those who tried to trash her, it is obvious that she has demonstrated her inner beauty as well. God bless you young woman.

    May 12, 2009 at 11:29 am |
  9. Steven Kunis

    I was listening to car radio and u mentioned an Emory Graduate looking for a job. I did not catch his email address. Sounded like kwills@ emory. edu. I tried that address, mail bounced back.

    Please email me his correct address, I may have a position for him.

    Thanks

    Steve

    May 12, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  10. Maria Garcia

    I migrated from Peru, and started my college career at Loras College in Iowa as a Biological Research major. As an international student, I was worried I would not be able to find a job or a school affordable for me. I fortunately adjusted my immigration status to becoming an Iowa resident. I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Cell and Molecular Biology research. Although, I'm happy I have plans for the future, I still worry about all my international student friends that are having the toughest times finding a job, specially an employer that will be willing to sponsor them and adjust their status to a working visa. The process is very expensive and tedious.

    May 13, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  11. Matthew

    I just graduated with a BS in Medical Technology. Knowing that my GPA was not going to get me far, I applied to countless places, mainly hospitals and universities in FL, TX, and CA all done online by the way. Thanks to many years as an undergraduate researcher I am now getting many offers from these states and I have accepted a position at UC Riverside.

    Matthew from Michigan

    May 13, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  12. Rose Southwell

    I was part of a group of students that graduated in December, most of which graduated with honors. I chose to continue on to grad school and work toward furthering my education because of my focused degree program. Of my class very few have found job’s of those who chose to enter the job market, and the student loans have a limited grace period. The main issue in our area is highly skilled and experienced workers taking the entry level positions that college graduates normally would qualify for. Yet it is almost impossible for college grads to compete when, aside from internships we have no real world experiences. Although, I am choosing to continue in school and get my masters, I don’t know if that is the best choice either. That means more loans in the end and I am also searching for a job that can help support me while I finish school. All and all it is not a good market for anyone, yet I feel like those who chose to get and education to better themselves are now falling behind because of that important decision to go to school.

    May 13, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  13. Jessica from Omaha

    I recently graduated with a Bachelors in Nursing and have found the job market extremely dissapointing. I spent 4 years being told that I will have no problem finding a job because there is a "Nursing Shortage". Here I am with a degree studying for my boards and can't find a job, not even in the hospital I already work for. This is not only my story but 3/4ths of my class are experiencing this problem. Some of us have families to support and the others are just starting thier adult lives either way we have worked hard for out degrees and most of us have very high student loans that are going to come due soon.

    May 15, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  14. Annie

    With the economy not improving anytime soon I am so nervous for my child who graduates in 2010. Thankfully no student loans to pay but don't think investing in more education is warranted without knowing what the job availability will be. My recommendation is to come home, live rent-free, regroup, work at a job, any job, to gain life experience and hopefully lead to additional career opportunities.

    June 10, 2009 at 1:45 pm |

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