A new report shows that the unemployment rate for 18 to 29-year-olds is more than 13 percent. That nearly doubles the national unemployment rate, forcing young job seekers to take whatever job they can get.
Timothy Maples is a senior theater major at Culver-Stockton College, but with the job market the way it is for young people, Maples said he's beginning to get desperate.
"I'm pretty much just trying to get anything I can right now. Just because of the economy and stuff like that," said Maples.
Holly Andress-Martin from the school's Student Success Center said because of today's job market, it's not that unusual for students to have to take a job outside their major.
"Sometimes it's a zig zaggy path that takes them into all kinds of different fields," she said. Andress-Martin added for graduates to land that perfect job it might mean doing a little bit of extra work. "You really have to build up your resume and show that you're a go getter and able to use those skills."
Senior Anna Nytes agreed, understanding she may not start where she wants to end up.
"I have skills that are applicable in places. just out of school, it's not feasible always to get a job right where you want to go," said Nytes. She said exploring jobs, graduate school, and even taking a year off. "I'm not feeling too stressed because I feel like I have options," she added.
Though he has been on the search for a while, Maples is still hopeful.
"I'm still looking, so I won't stop looking," she said.
And with jobs hard to come by, it may be a constant search for many college graduates.
For anybody needing help with that long search, Western Illinois University will be holding its annual Spring Career and Internship Fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. next Tuesday February 5.
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