Future Virginia Tech graduates start searching in today’s job market

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The Virginia Tech Class of 2019 enjoyed a pre-graduation event Wedneday afternoon — two days before graduation. The National Center for Eduational Statistics estimates they’ll join 1.9 million other graduates nationwide. After they move their tassles, they’re likely to start looking for jobs.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers says employers are expected to hire 11 percent more college graduates when compared to last year.

Some future graduates have already started their search. Some are having more trouble than others. Ryan Holcombe studied mechanical engineering, but he says him and some of his friends had trouble finding a job.

“It was a struggle trying to get the job, like it’s not easy, that’s for sure,” he said.

Others have had more luck in their search. Matthew Risney says he shot down six job offers in finance before going with a seventh offer.

“Most of them all have job offers. Maybe one or two are still looking, but they’ve got interviews lined up and all that,” said Risney.

Whether graduates have a job right out of college or not, there’s a real chance many of these graduates will move back home. One MarketWatch estimate says nearly 30 percent will move back in with mom and dad.

Marin O’Connell said her mother would probably only allow her to stay home for two weeks.

“Yeah, yeah. She’s pretty tough,” she said. “She’d probably want me to get out there really quickly.”

Other parents are okay with letting their child stay home after college. Parents David and Julia Renberg say it’s fine by them since their daughter is diligent.

For those still having issues landing on the job hunt, experts suggest a number of things: having a second pair of eyes on your resume, doing mock interviews, and lining up reference.

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