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New College Graduates Finding it Tough to Get a Job

New College Graduates Finding it Tough to Get a Job

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Augusta, GA - Graduation is over and many recent college grads are saying, so now what? The hunt begins for the perfect job. Many grads want to jump right into jobs in their fields, but some are finding it difficult to land a full-time job to begin with.

Georgia has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation at 7 percent according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In a market where finding any job to begin with is difficult, college graduates are uncertain about their futures.

The clock is ticking for Jacob Thigpen. He's getting ready to graduate in a few months, and refuses to waste any time.

"I'm very hesitant just because I keep getting all this information that it's hard to find a job right now, no matter what you major in," said Thigpen.

Thigpen chose to spend his summer inside learning more about the communication field through an internship at the Family Y. He's thinking about staying in the workforce, even if it means starting below his means.

"I know it's tough to find a job, so if I have to start out part-time, I'm willing to do that because I'm looking into the future, and the long term, rather than just the short term," said Thigpen.

Michael Armstrong at the Georgia Department of Labor said many young people coming out of school and looking for jobs share the same fear.

"There's a lot of competition with new graduates like themselves and also, people who are out there and have the work experience that are still having trouble finding jobs in certain fields," said Armstrong.

The Economic Policy Institute reports in March 2014, the unemployment rate of workers under the age of 25 was at 14.5 percent, more than twice as high as the overall unemployment rate at 6.7 percent. That percentage rate hasn't changed much since 2007, just before the recession hit.

"If their field isn't readily available, take a job, get some experience, maybe want to take an entry level position as a college graduate they might think might be a little bit below what they are looking, take it, get in the door, and work your way up," said Armstrong.

Haley Bourne did just that. She took a part-time job out of college as a Community Relations Assistant at the Family Y.

"My parents have always told me, some experience is better than no experience as far as looking for a job, so I am willing to take whatever I can," said Bourne.

Tips for getting jobs out of college are to utilize resources within your career centers at school, and to network. The local office for the Georgia Department of Labor also has resume and interview workshops at no cost.

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