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As unemployment rises, so do student concerns

by Bryan Goettel

IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The latest unemployment numbers paint an even more grim picture for those looking for jobs. And in just over two months, thousands of college graduates across the country will be thrown into this increasingly uncertain real world.

For college seniors, reality is starting to set in.

"When I was thinking about it, I never thought it would be like this," said University of Iowa senior Juliette Geller. "This is my luck, I'm graduating at this time."

Geller graduates in May. She's applied for more than a dozen jobs the past two weeks.

"I have places that I really want to hear back from and I keep checking my e-mail constantly," said Geller. "It's like obsessive."

Despite the latest unemployment numbers hitting a 26-year high, Geller still has hope.

"I am staying positive and I am staying hopeful because I feel like there's something out there for everyone," said Geller. "It's just going to take a little bit longer."

Some aren't as optimistic.

"It's getting awfully frustrating," said U of I senior Gabriel Moss. "I'm not going to lie."

Moss has had four interviews and already has three rejections.

"It's getting down to the point where I'm willing to take a job that really isn't what I was looking for," said Moss.

"Many employers are telling us they're being cautious," said Jane Schildroth, Executive Director of Corporate and Community Relations for the U of I's Pomerantz Career Center.

Schildroth says the job market is tightening, but encourages students to be persistent.

"Companies are still coming," said Schildroth. "They're still holding interviews. They may not have as many schedules."

Geller is just trying to roll with the punches. While she'd love to end up near home in Chicago, at this point, she's looking as far away as New York.

"It's just what I have to do," said Geller. "And hopefully I'll keep my fingers crossed."

Geller says she's even considering unpaid internships. And when Moss was asked where he saw himself three months from now, he said "I don't know, could be a million different things". A sentiment likely shared by thousands of college seniors across the country.

Online Reporter: Bryan Goettel

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