Thousands Graduate From Ohio State University In Tough Job Market


UPDATED: Sunday May 4, 2014 7:13 PM

More than 10,000 Ohio State University students said goodbye to their alma mater Sunday.

10,200 students participated in the spring graduation ceremony.

Many left with a diploma in hand, but no job to pay for their student loans.

According to the liberal think tank Economic Policy Institute, one in 10 recent college graduates fall into the group known as disconnected youth, meaning they are neither working nor enrolled in college.

"I feel like I'm a lot better off than I would be had I not gotten a degree from Ohio State," said Scott Praither

Praither said he majored in food agriculture and biological engineering.

"Starting on Monday I'm not a student anymore and unemployed," he said.

Praither said he has two job interviews lined up but he's still unsure about the future.

"Trying to find something with a wage that is going to be good for providing myself and my future family is kind of difficult, but I'm still hopeful though," he said.

Crai Hodges said she's one of the lucky ones.

"I got my job back in October," Hodges said.

The industrial and systems engineer said finding a career that was in demand gave her an advantage.

"It made me feel like getting my degree was worth it and I know a lot of people in other degrees aren't able to land jobs and they go years after graduation and aren't able to get one," she said.

According to a recent study, college graduates fall into three categories: 28% went back to school, 11% not in school and not employed while 61% found work.

"The reality is for almost every one of these graduates five years from now they'll be in a different position in a different job and the key is have we taught them how to learn so they can constantly reinvent themselves," said interim Ohio State Unviersity President Joseph A. Alutto.

"I was really hoping to have a job lined up, but I am thankful that I have at least have interviews lined up," Timothy Perkins said.

Perkins said he hopes to be employed soon, but believes he'll have to move to find that dream job.

"I would like to stay here but it's more realistic to go elsewhere," he said.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, research shows employers plan to hire 7.8% more people from the Class of 2014 than they hired from the Class of 2013.

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