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UI graduates have jobs on their minds

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

More than 4800 University of Iowa students are receiving degrees this weekend and moving on to the next phases of their lives.

It's a time filled with the full range of emotions.

"Really nervous because it's the next big part of my life," said Mary Ellen Weaver, who graduated Saturday.

"Relieved, happy, I guess to name a few," said recent grad Chris Goodman.

"Excitement it's finally done," said Natalie Ginty.

Ginty has a reason to feel good, lining up a job five months ago in Des Moines.

"At this time, at 22, I'm glad to be making a paycheck and living on my own and doing that kind of stuff," Ginty said.

The belief is employers are starting to hire new college graduates again.

The University of Iowa career center has seen large spikes in employer attendance at career fairs this spring. 

An updated spring outlook released by Nace Research finds employers will hire 10 percent more graduates from this class when compared to that of the year before.

The data may indicate that the job outlook is getting better but still for many of these graduates, there's an uncertain road ahead.

Take Weaver who is trying to break into a very difficult education field after sending out no shortage of applications across the state.

"I counted the other day. It's 53 so far," she said.

Chris Goodman can relate.

"It's been kind of rough, frustrating, but I guess you can't give up hope."

Others like Jacob Peterson of Waterloo are buying more time, attending graduate school and hoping for a more receptive job market down the line.

"Keep going to school and hoping it picks up a bit more before I can graduate," he said.

Looking ahead can bring with it anxious moments.

But for now, these recent graduates can take great pride in knowing they've completed a major step in their lives.

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