Colleges: Freshmen looking for career advice now

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - As college freshmen nationwide explore their campuses officials at many schools say the newbies are increasingly finding their way to career centers.

Once considered the place for panicked seniors to look for jobs ahead of graduation, college career offices are reporting dramatic hikes in use by first-year students looking for the earliest possible jump on the employment market.

Freshmen who are concerned by the nation's 9.6 percent unemployment rate and the prospect of repaying college loans don't want to squander tuition money on irrelevant coursework. Career centers are also making a concerted effort to target first-years to ensure more relevant guidance and increase student retention.

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