Setting Out: New Grads' Quest For Work Students graduating from college this spring are entering perhaps the toughest, most uncertain job market in generations. In this series, we meet recent grads, who share the frustrations and fears they face as they set out in search of work.

Landing A Job After A Year Of Rejection

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Christopher Self hoped to put his trucking career behind him. Instead, it opened a door to a full-time job. Courtesy of Christopher Self hide caption

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Trucking Pays Off With Position For Recent Grad

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Driving Force Helps Grad Shift Gears, Land Job

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Dreaming Of New York, Hawaii Grad Heads East

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Grad Keeps On Trucking Despite Tough Job Market

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In Holding Pattern, Grad Is Waiting To Take Off

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Job Market Improves Slightly For New College Grads

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A Percussionist's Life: Beating The Drum For Gigs

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Dream Of TV Job Remains Elusive For Montana Grad

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Aspiring Writer Questions Value Of English Degree

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Accounting Grad Didn't Figure On Job Rejections

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