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MSU Grads Find More Jobs than Others

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College graduates across the U.S. are struggling to find jobs. In a recent report, more than half of America's new college graduates are either unemployed or working a job that doesn't require a bachelor's degree.

But among those alarming statistics, Midwestern State University's Graduate Placement Report revealed 90% of students that graduated during the 2012-2013 academic year who were seeking employment, found jobs. Out of those employed, 86.5% found jobs within 3 months of graduation. During the 2011-2012 academic year 84% of MSU graduates seeking employment found jobs within 3 months of graduation.

MSU's Career Management Center and Testing Services Director Dirk Welch credited the high numbers to early preparation.

"One of the things we do is certainly encourage students to try and identify internships to get some relevant work experience in an industry. So when they are applying, that helps them set themselves apart from others. They get the educational background, the skills, the expertise to go out there, be marketable and do wonderful things," he said.

The university provides numerous opportunities for students to get a head start, including resume workshops, mock interviews and networking events.

"We bring in employers to have face to face contact with students through on-campus interviews. Also various networking events in the evenings and day time so that they can connect with our students," said Welch.

Students said these services helped put them at an advantage.

"I'm volunteering and they said it's a good way to get a job, but also joining organizations and honor societies," said freshman Jalen Mavero.

"I do tons of volunteer activities because I just do anything to build up my resume," said another freshman Sana Surani.

"I started networking early. The more people you meet, the more opportunities you have of getting a job," said senior Bobby Leiker.

Many employers are now using social media to identify information about a potential candidate. So the university makes sure students make smart decisions.

"We're working diligently to help students know, their footprint is our there with their Facebook. What they're tweeting on Twitter and their LinkedIn," said Welch.

MSU offers the same type of resources on their career website here for current students and alumni, no matter the year of graduation. Alumni in search for a job can also get help through mock phone and skype interviews the MSU Career management Center conducts.

Cynthia Kobayashi, Newschannel Six.