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UK grads prepare for rough economy

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Members of the 147th graduating class at u-k are preparing to don their cap and gowns.
Unemployment, underemployment and burgeoning debt are serious concerns for many of them.

The best Mother's Day gift will come this weekend in the form of a college diploma for Jordan Bramblett's mother.

"My mother's a single mother and my father's a three-time felon,” said Bramblett. “Going to college and going through these hardships, it's an accomplishment to walk across the stage but I know it's just the surface of what I can become."

On the one hand, as a scholarship recipient, Jordan only has a small amount of student debt to pay off.

But, he doesn’t have a job lined up yet.

Last year, 30-percent of UK graduates had jobs before getting their diploma.

Another 30-percent went on to graduate school.

Lenroy Jones, career advisor at UK, says for jobseekers like Jordan, the earlier the better when it comes to landing the right job out of school.

As you might expect, those graduating who got a jump start on their career search are in a much better position.

For those who wait until the day after graduation to look for a job, they could continue to look for up to 6 months, he says.

"You can't just wait for that dream job,” said Jones. “It's better to work for a company because of their upward mobility at that company."

Jones also acknowledges an attitude shift among the younger generation.

"The entitlement is real. You want to do your research, your due diligence, to understand the process to get where you want to go."

As for Jordan, he's considering grad school if the right job doesn't come along soon.

He's hoping whatever path he takes right out of school, will eventually land him in that dream job.

On Saturday, graduate students cross the stage to get their diplomas in the morning at Rupp Arena.

Undergrads will have two ceremonies- 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.


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