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Job outlook for recent grads looks bleak

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 07:20:45 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 15 2013 08:45:35 AM CST
ETSU GRAD
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Tolisha Hobbs has been waiting for this day to come for awhile.

Hobbs is from Memphis.

And last year she made the move to Johnson City to attend East Tennessee State University after completing the first portion of her dental hygiene degree online.

"I do not have a job lined up yet, I'm taking one thing at a time. As soon as I get back to Memphis I will immediately start searching." said Hobbs.

Hobbs is also one of many recent graduates across the country who will be looking for a job over the next few months.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers the job search for 2013 graduates won't be so easy.

A recent survey by the association found that businesses plan to hire only 2.1% more college graduates from the class of 2013 than they did from the class of 2012.

The NACE's survey found many employers try to avoid hiring college grads because say believe many aren't "properly trained," making it harder for new grads to find work.

As for Hobbs she believes ETSU provided her with the best education.

"The curriculum is strict and they had us to go outside into community centers and do work, so that gave us the confidence to do what we need to do as professionals," said Hobbs.

And she hopes that confidence lands her a job in a dentist office.

We found out the employment areas with the greatest demand for this year's graduates include business, engineering, computer sciences and accounting.


The university's president, Brian Nolan, congratulated the graduates through a video message.

He was unable to attend Saturday's ceremonies due to injuries sustained in a November accident.