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Life After College For 2013 Grads
More than 1,000 students are set to graduate from the University of Illinois Springfield this weekend.
Meanwhile, numbers show nationwide, more than 8 percent of recent college graduates who want to work won’t find jobs.
Many students put off the "real world" by going to grad school, which is a good way to get a specialized degree and, for some, a lot of more debt.
Caitlyn Clausen, a UIS accounting major, is giving one of her last tours of the university that gave her her future.
“I am very fortunate I got a full-time job offer following an internship I had this past summer," Clausen said.
Clausen accepted a position at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, one of the world's largest agriculture processors in the world. She will be an accountant, which, according to a recent survey by SpareFoot.com, is the second-best job for college grads this year.
“It was kind of something that attracted me to the field in the beginning, to be honest with you, but it is a very promising field and many companies," Clausen said.
Clausen's classmate Ryan Bouray is taking a similar route. Come September, he will be an auditor at a leading accounting firm in Chicago. Bouray got the gig thanks to three internships and, because of scholarships and going to school in state, he is graduating debt free.
“I actually I almost went to [the University of Illinois in] Champaign and the cost was--I would have graduated with about $40,000 worth of debt," Bouray said.
That is more than the $26,000 in debt most students shoulder after getting a four-year degree. Many students rack up more debt when they continue their studies.
“I want to practice as either an oncologist or an anesthesiologist," Jinger Sanders, who is a UIS biology major, said.
Sanders is going to grad school and then med school, even though she already owes tens of thousands of dollars for her undergraduate degree. But she is not concerned.
“That's why I like a job in the health care profession, because it's a recession-free job," Sanders said.
Despite the recession, numbers show about 1.8 million more students will earn a bachelor's degree this year. Likewise, employers are expected to hire about 13 percent more of those recent grads than in 2012.