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Job Outlook Promising For College Seniors

May 6, 2014, 7:21 AM by Brittany Larson

Job Outlook Promising For College Seniors
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The time has come for college seniors to start planning for life after college.

"Seems kinda crazy to go have to be a real adult in the real world now it has been kind of difficult. I mean I have found a lot of openings and I have applied to a lot of stuff, I am just waiting to hear back from a lot of options," Augustana College senior Erik Oerke said.

Oerke is an international business major at Augustana College. He speaks a little French and Spanish and wants to be able to use those skills and learn about new cultures overseas.

"Looking at postings that companies offer and submitting resumes and cover letters, that kind of thing and I could usually sit down for a day and do a bunch at a time," Oerke said.

A new study indicates that 57-percent of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates, that's up from 53-percent last year and up significantly from 44-percent in 2010.

"I mean it's good to know for me and it makes me optimistic that I can find a position in the next six months and get a job that's going to help my career out. I'm excited," Oerke said. 

The staff at Augsutana College say that their students are prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.

"We have had a pretty solid record for many years now with Augustana graduates getting opportunities right after graduation and again the very practical experiences that they get while they are here they are out doing clinical and student teaching and internships and things like that do position them for work afterwards," Career and Deployment Center Director of Augustana College, Sandie Vietor said.

But some students are seeking a different path after they graduate.

"I am not ready to have a full time job so I am very happy more schooling," Augustana College senior, Carlee Berens said.

Berens plans to attend law school instead.

"A lot of gathering paperwork and getting teachers to recommend you and stuff like that but now that it's over it's smooth sailing from here. I have some friends that aren't sure what they are doing and this is kind of a hard time for some people and I am just fortunate that I have a direction and know where I am going," Berens said.

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