A-State graduates 859, economy uncertain for many

by Stan Morris e-mail | Twitter

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - As 859 students graduate from Arkansas State University Saturday, they face more uncertainty than ever, as their professors say.

"The job opportunities that they're facing today are not great," said Dr. Bill Roe, Associate Dean in the College of Business. "One of the key factors for them in getting a job is going to be flexibility and geographical location."

Dr. Roe says relocating may be necessary to get the job you want in this type of economy. He says going to larger markets to start your career may be necessary as smaller cities don't always have an abundance of new jobs.

"They need to be very flexible in their selection of where they want to go," said Dr. Roe.

Saturday's commencement speeches made reference to the high unemployment rate, rough economy and other difficult factors facing the nation. ASU Chancellor Robert Potts commented that the country faces many challenges at this time.

But, students could be facing challenges in finding jobs. So, many have opted to finish their Master's Degree or more, opting to extend their education past 4 years.

Having a clear path with a positive attitude is vital too, says Dr. Tom Dodson in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. "To be able to have a specific goal in mind, present yourself well, show that you've accomplished things in the classroom as well as in your internship being successful, and if you're good you're going to get the job."

And, getting the job is next for many just completing this step in their lives.

©2009 KAIT All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.