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Study: Graduates Face Bleak Job Market Despite Improvement

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Graduation at the University of Virginia is this weekend.  Although the job market seems to be improving, that may not translate into employment for recent graduates.

Some already have jobs lined up but for most people, that's not the case.  A new study shows recent grads are crossing the stage into a sea of underemployment.

Georgia Spence is facing a harsh reality along with many of her classmates: she doesn't have a job lined up after she graduates.

"I'm definitely going to find a temporary job just so I can pay the bills and then hopefully move on to something I'm interested in," Spence said.

A recent survey shows 41 percent of workers who graduated in the past two years are underemployed or working jobs that don't require college degrees.

The research also shows 63 percent say they need additional training - something Spence can relate to.

"I'm probably going to get an internship first because I don't have that much hands-on experience in the archaeology field," Spence said.

Spence isn't alone; her roommate's job search paints a picture of the tough job market many will soon enter.

"He's done so many interviews, final interviews and even with his capstone project with that company, he was hoping to get an offer with them and that didn't pull through, so now he's decided to stay in Charlottesville, continue his job at the bookstore until hopefully he can find an engineering job," Spence said.

While many recent grads may not get their ideal job right off the bat, Elizabeth Bouldin-Clopton from the Virginia Workforce employment center says it's important not to lose sight of your goals.

"Sometimes we tell people to volunteer in the field to keep your hand in. If you really are looking for a career in a specific field, keep working toward that goal. Don't lose sight of it," Bouldin-Clopton said.

Bouldin-Clopton also says that students should do their research before entering a certain field of study to see how likely it is for them to secure a job after graduation. 

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