Trend shows grads are underemployed

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT)- Nearly half of recent graduates polled expect they will need an advanced degree to further their career and almost a quarter are already planning to take graduate courses.

These statistics coupled with students having mounting loans has increased traffic at the Stuckert Career Center on UK's Campus.

"I'm just here for some new ideas on how to make the search more efficient," explained Stephen Good, who was working with a counselor Monday.

Good graduated from UK in December. With a whole new class of grads hitting the job market, he headed to get expert advice.

Nationally, Good is not alone. According to national studies, many new grads are taking jobs that don't even require a college education. While they may question why they took out student loans to get through school, UK's Francene Gilmer says it will eventually be worth it.

"Many students find that well---I'm going to graduate with a degree. Do I really need it to get this job? Well, maybe not. But that degree won't hold you back," Gilmer said.

Gilmer also says students should be taking steps towards employment well before getting their diplomas.

"It is important for students to get internships. And get some work experience."

In addition, Gilmer says actually finding a job is an on-going process that has to start well before commencement. But, she says there is hope.

"I think employment numbers are on the rise nationally. It's a small rise, but it is a rise."

With more companies recruiting, good hopes he'll be joining the ranks of others lucky enough to earn a paycheck.

Good commented, "I do feel like we are n the up swing. There are a lot of opportunities out there."

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