(WFXR) — While graduating is an exciting time for high school and college seniors, as well as their families, it’s also stressful because some graduates are still questioning what they’ll do next. However, for many members of the Class of 2022, they’re entering the job market at an ideal time.

NRI Staffing Resources’ senior account manager and recruiter, Tracy Van Duston, says this is the best job market she has seen in 50 years.

“There are no two ways about it. There are more job openings right now than there are people available to fill them,” said Duston.

However, Duston advises new graduates to play it smart because the job market is constantly changing.

For example, she recommends knowing the market you want to get into, how much you want to get paid, and whether your LinkedIn is suitable for networking and recruiting purposes.

“We are in completely new territory. Grads that were graduating in 2008, 2009, and 2010, they really struggled with finding positions,” Duston said. “Right now, most of the new grads that I talked to, they received job offers during the semester.”

Duston has been in the business for more than a decade, and she has seen many young professionals gravitating to legal, clinical, and supply chain jobs.

For high school graduates, the assistant principal of the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center, Joy Munsey, says there are many options for students who want to skip college or practice a trade.

“We have several licensing programs in my school that are offered at the high school level,” said Munsey. “I have a nurse aid program. Those students can take a state board exam and go right to work this summer.”

Those programs give them the opportunity to be employable, marketable, and go straight to work.

Munsey says that Cosmetology is just one example. However, it shows how much money is saved for those high school students who know what they want to do.

Although, not all students know what they want to do and that is not okay.

Munsey used an example from a couple of years ago involving a student who “just knew” she wanted to be a pharmacist, but when she went into the pharmacy tech program, she realized it was not what she imagined. However, while she decided not to become a pharmacist, the program did help the student realize she wanted to stay in the medical field.

According to Munsey, that is the beauty of their program. Lately, the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center is seeing more high schoolers following this path so they can move straight into the job market or continue their craft at another level.

“It has gotten to the point where we have had to turn students away because we are limited with how many seats we can fill,” Munsey said. “We have to cap out at 20.”

Lastly, Munsey says that she wants to change the way people think about the phrase “trade school,” because the Washington County Career and Technical Education Center is more than that.

She says the school has several programs that are dual enrollment with the local community college, as well as a criminal justice program, health sciences classes, and more.

In short, for anyone looking to get into the job market, the top advice is to ask the right questions and do your research.