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.
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Setting Out: New Grads' Quest For Work

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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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Dreaming Of New York, Hawaii Grad Heads East

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Wednesday

Grad Keeps On Trucking Despite Tough Job Market

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Tuesday

In Holding Pattern, Grad Is Waiting To Take Off

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Friday

Job Market Improves Slightly For New College Grads

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Thursday

A Percussionist's Life: Beating The Drum For Gigs

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Wednesday

Dream Of TV Job Remains Elusive For Montana Grad

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Tuesday

Aspiring Writer Questions Value Of English Degree

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Monday

Accounting Grad Didn't Figure On Job Rejections

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