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Class of 2014 facing better job outlook than graduates in recent years

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MOUNT VERNON (KWWL) - Jadie Oldfield may be leaving Cornell College but she's ready to enter the real world. She already has a job lined up.

"I'm excited but I'm also a little bit sad, a little bit nervous," said Oldfield. "I'd like to stay in contact with all my friends and the professors here. But I'm excited for my job and to kind of move on from college."

She's not the only graduate with a job.

"I'm going to be an investments associate at Fisher Investments in Portland, Oregon," said John Srodulski.

More graduates are walking out of college and into a job. A recent survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that companies plan to hire nearly 9% more graduates from the class of 2014 than they did last year.

"We've seen employers really trying to increase their hiring for this year's college graduates knowing that there's a talented pool of students coming out of colleges and universities today," said RJ Holmes-Leopold, Director of the Career and Civic Engagement Center at Cornell College.  "I think employers are pretty excited about that."

Still -- employment is far from guaranteed.

Megan Francis got a full ride to Cornell thanks to a partnership with her home country, The Bahamas. She's looking to use her degree in mathematics right here in Iowa.

"I've been nervous since Friday and I'm just like 'Oh my gosh! My four years in college are finally over and I'm going to have to go into the real world and start making my own decisions and not rely on my parents anymore,'" said Francis. "But hopefully it will be ok."

For students with jobs, they may still need to move in with mom and dad for a bit, though that may be changing.

"We're seeing some shifts in the underemployment where students are having to move home early and having to do something that's not related to their degrees first before getting into what it is they actually want to do," said Holmes-Leopold.  "I think that trend is starting to shift a bit and we're optimistic about our students here at Cornell College."

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