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College grads confident about finding that first job

Published On: May 20 2013 08:30:34 AM EDT

Job outlook for college grads

They're ready to take on the world.

Hundreds of outgoing college students in Berks County and the Lehigh Valley had on their caps and gowns Sunday.  It was a day four years in the making.

"Pretty excited," said Muhlenberg College graduate Aaron Segal. "Pretty overwhelmed, kind of just amazed, amazed that we actually made it."


Sunday morning, undergrads walked across the stage to collect their diplomas. But it's a bittersweet day.

"I have an internship set up right now. I'm going to work for the Disney College program," shared Muhlenberg College graduate Leeann Williams. "But after that I'm nervous about where I'm going to go."

With the economy still a bit shaky, graduation day can seem as gloomy as the skies were Sunday.

A survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers reports businesses only plan to hire 2.1% more college graduates from the class of 2013 than they did from the class of 2012.

Luckily, many of these co-eds tell 69 News they already have jobs waiting for them.

"I started interviewing for jobs back over winter break and had multiple interviews," said John Reimer, a graduate from Albright College. "I went to career fairs, things like that throughout the spring semester."

"Obviously with the economy the way it is, I went out of my way to start early. I did my best and it worked out for me in the end," said Albright College graduate Vincent Giorgio.

Their secret was starting the search months ahead of commencement day. Most seem pretty optimistic they'll beat the unemployment statistics.

"I think there are definitely doubts and reservations," added Segal. "But at the end of the day, I think if you let fear of finding a job overwhelm you, then you're not going to be able to find a job."