With the economy the way it is everyone’s suffering, which includes new and anticipated graduates. CNN interviewed a number of college students and asked them questions about their plans for the future and how they feel about the job search. Many are worried about finding a job so they are considering their options. Students are even looking for work right now in order to try and hit the ground running once they graduate but their optimism is draining by the day.

Since the job market is anything but bustling many students are seriously considering their options. Many have announced their plans to go to graduate school so that they don’t have to immediately find a job. They can earn a higher degree and hopefully when they’re finished the economy will have improved or at least they will come out with even more education and hopefully be able to compete better.

While graduate school may not be the answer for everyone; many are considering relocating. By either moving to a different state or outside the country many students believe they will be able to find work that will give them experience in their fields. The problem is that this is a global financial crisis although it has hit the U.S. the hardest. So the jobs in those other countries are probably also being fought for, plus the locals speak the language fluently. Relocating might not solve your problems, but it’s worth a try for many.

Other students are planning on finding any work they can. They are taking the more practical approach. Any money is better than no money and they can start paying off their student loans. While part-time jobs may not be their number one choice students should still keep them in mind. Plus once they have a job it will be easier to find another one and they can look and interview while they aren’t at work.

Many are also thinking about internships. The only problem is that some may pay well, others okay, and others absolutely nothing. Many internships are essentially “volunteering” but with a glorified name. But they do offer experience and the opportunity to use and develop your skills for your future job along with expanding your network.

Although the job market is tough there are jobs out there. One recurring theme students kept mentioning was  networking. It’s getting more and more difficult to find work because you’re competing against people with degrees that have far more experience. But by using your connections you may be able to get your foot in the door.

The market is tough and students along with millions of individuals are facing the daunting task of finding a job. There are a lot of different options out there such as grad school, part-time jobs, internships, and using your networking skills to land a job. Hopefully one of these options will work out for you.

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