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Mixed jobs outlook for 2012 college graduates

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The graduation season has started. The congratulations cards are everywhere in stores and every weekend for at least a month, there will be a procession of students in caps and gowns marching proudly across a stage.

At Queens University Saturday, Mayor Foxx spoke to the graduates.

Sunday morning, Duke Energy's President and CEO gave the commencement address to the largest graduating class to ever walk the stage at Johnson C. Smith University.

Half a decade ago, college graduates knew their degree would help land a good job with decent pay. It's different now. Friday the unemployment rate dip to 8 point 1 percent.

However, more than 5 million people have been out of work for six months or longer.

The good news employers are expected to hire more graduates this year than last. But the challenge lies in the competition. According to a spring report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for every one job, 33 people are expected to apply.

"I majored in interdisciplinary studies and my plans are to fulfill my dreams as a theatrical writer. I want to write plays for children," JCSU Graduate Jerrica Turner said. She says finding a job in her specific field hasn't been easy. But she's holding out hope.

"After I get my summer job back and look for work in accounting and see what I can find," JCSU Graduate Danielle Stanford said.

Hiring experts say tips to getting hired include joining professional associations, attending seminars and working with a recruiter.

Graduate Perrin Carr, IV gives credit to career services for helping jump start his future.

"Actually next Monday I will be starting with Sherwin Williams in their manager sales training program. I was offered that position back in April," Carr said.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers also found the average graduate will make $42, 500 this year. That's also up from last year.

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