Best Job Market Since Recession? Depends on Who You Ask

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LAWRENCE, Kan. -  Finding a job is likely number one on the list of to-do's for college graduates.  Some reports say the class of 2012 seems luckier than previous classes because graduates could be walking into one of the best job markets since the recession.

FOX 4 talked to the college grads from different departments at the University of Kansas to hear their take about looking for work.

"All the sciences they seem to be having a boost in the next few years so, most places are looking good for everyone," said Jonathan Collins, a KU grad.

Economists say the class of 2012 started networking earlier, they pursued summer internships and developed more realistic expectations about landing a job in the right place, not at the ideal salary.  That is exactly what Collins said he is doing with his mechanical engineering degree.

"Right now I got a summer job working for a company called Mac Process.  They do air filtration, pnematic coveying, a lot of connections to make sure things don't leak," he said.

But if you ask another graduate from another department, you'll get a different perspective.

Nicholas Michael, who just got his social psychology degree, is looking for work.

"I kind of imagined that I would get a nice corporate job and make some money, but that's not the situation whatsoever," Michael said.

John Dixey, who got his sociology degree, said the job market is tough.  Dixey said even though he has his degree now, he's not going to pursue work in his field just yet.

"I'm just going to go get a cooking job somewhere. That's what I do now. Cooking a service job, food service," Dixey said.

A KU professor of economics said the job market isn't as promising as others say it is.  Donna Ginther said unemployment is at about eight percent, about a percent less than what it was at the start of the recession.

"I mean it's the highest that these graduates have seen in their lifetime. So it's a very soft market.  It is coupled with the fact that we have more college grads than ever before. These are the children of the baby boom," she said.

Ginther said what you major in will help with jobs.  She said the math or science fields look favorable for jobs, while majors like English and journalism, don't.

Ginther said she stays cautiously optimistic about this year being better the the past, especially because unemployment numbers will not be out for several months.

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