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Fifty percent of college graduates unemployed or underemployed

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 3:04pm

WACO -- After hours of studying, sleepless nights and thousands of cups of coffee, for college seniors graduation has arrived.

But a new study suggests, the battle is far from over.

Fifty percent of all college graduates under 25 years old are currently unemployed or underemployed. A frightening statistic for the class of 2012.

"I'm scared like about what's going to happen after I graduate," Baylor junior, Holly Taylor said.  

"I'm a little bit nervous because I'm pre-med, and so if I don't get into like medical schools that I want to go to, then that statistic would become very accurate for me," Baylor junior Jeremy Walder said. 

"I'm not overly shocked at that statistic," Kevin Nall, associate director for career services at Baylor University said.

Nall also says, the one thing that can set graduates apart is their experience.

"Students who have internship experience on their resume, they get job offers sooner, than other people who do not, they get more job offers. the internship itself is a primary recruiting tool for employers."

But if you're one of the 50 percent who's already graduated but you can only find work at say your local coffee shop, there are things you can do to keep pursuing your career.

"Reconnect with [your] university. Most campuses have a career center, most campuses make those services available to alumnae. I think the big thing is going to be is making sure that you develop relationships and you're aware of the different kind of job opportunities and people know you're looking," Nall said. 

But for soon to be graduates, don't stress yet. Nall says the job market is improving.

"It's not as bad as you may think it is. It is competitive, so the competition means that you need to step up your game as well."

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