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Graduate job prospects looking up

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Fifth-year student Yelena Mejova started applying for jobs back in October.

"I was afraid of actually not getting a job by the time I graduated," she said.

The hard work paid off.  Now, a month before graduation she can rest easy.
Mejova locked up work in the computer science field, one of the hottest sectors this spring.

University of Iowa officials say all signs indicate employers are ready to hire again.
"It's been people with actual full-time positions, internships, all looking for current students or soon-to-be graduates," said Allan Boettger, the UI Pomerantz Career Center's director.

The school has seen big crowds at many of its career fairs  including the spring fair which hosted 20 percent more employers than last year.

"That was a really good sign that things are picking up for the economy," Boettger said.

Nace Research has updated its 2012 spring job outlook and projects employers will hire ten percent more new college graduates this year than they did last year.

UI officials say their data confirms that trend.

"We're in a really good spot for recent grads and soon to be grads.  It seems to be a really active environment right now," Boettger said. 

Encouraging signs  but for many still room for improvement.

Mary Edwards has searched for almost a year for a full time teaching job after graduating last May.
"It can be a little frustrating.  It's just a lot of work and you have to keep trying," she said.

The University of Iowa runs a six month survey after graduation every year.

Job placement rates were at the lowest two years ago, they rose 8% last year, and officials are expecting a slight increase once again this year.

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