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Nevada Grads Face Uncertain Job Prospects

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This time next week, thousands of University of Nevada, Reno students will be getting their diploma, but will the jobs be there to follow? 

Some students say they already have a job lined up, but other students say they don’t have anything lined up come next week.

“We have some seniors who next week, they're about to launch into the real world,” said Mary T. Calhoon, Career Exploration Coordinator. “Many of them have a plan, some are working on their plan, and a few are coming in and going, 'I need some help.'"

Calhoon helps students prepare themselves for the working world at the Nevada Career Studio. She says they have seen many seniors who are about to graduate coming in for some last minute help. 

She says the Class of 2014 is actually in better shape than the year before. In fact, U.S. employers will hire 8.6% more of these graduates than last year's.

Debt is another thing graduates will contend with. The national student loan debt is $26,000 but at Nevada, it’s less.

“What's nice about the University is that 30% of students take out student loans,” said Timothy Wolfe, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships at UNR. “The average loan is about $20,512 for the graduating class next week.”

Many students who we spoke to said they’re nervous about entering the job world.

“Being in the real world is a little scary,” said Sam Wright, a Psychology/Spanish major. “When you’re in college, you are allowed to be a broke college kid, and then afterwards you’re a broke adult.”

Some said they’re even willing to spend more time in school if it means a better paying job later on.

“I will be more marketable, and have more job opportunities,” said Shane Smith, a Community Health Science major.

“I’m staying within the sphere of academia so I’m sheltered from the real world for the next four years at least,” said Jonathan Lau.

Written By Landon Miller
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