Setting Out: New Grads' Quest For Work
Melanie Singer stands with her boyfriend Eric Krissek. Singer spent a year after graduation searching for an accounting job before finally finding work.
Students graduating from college are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. Melanie Singer was among them. When she graduated from college in 2010 with a degree in accounting, she thought it would be easy to find a job; it turned out to be anything but.
June 9, 2010 SDPBChristopher Self has spent the past six years working long days and nights as a truck driver. Driving along with financial assistance from the military helped him pay his way through college. But he's still searching for a way to put his degree to good use in the business world.
June 8, 2010 WLRNYoelvis Bengochea earned a degree in aviation management so he could become an air traffic controller. But in order to find a job, he has to wait for an older generation of controllers to retire. In the meantime, he's working for his family business cleaning pools.
June 3, 2010 WXXIFull-time musicians typically have to have an entrepreneurial spirit, juggling multiple opportunities to make ends meet. That's the case for Ivan Trevino, a recent graduate of the Eastman School of Music, who plans to teach and perform to start paying back $60,000 in student loans.
June 2, 2010 MTPRDustin "Buddy" Cowart is the only member of his family to earn a college degree. He's determined to find a job in the television industry. But with $50,000 in student debt, he has to keep working at a local home improvement store to make ends meet.