TEMPE, Ariz. -- There are some proud parents as thousands of Arizona State University students got their college degree this week.
Many of these graduates say they've spent most of the year nervous about the economy and finding a job, but it turns out the class of 2012 is fairing much better than the last couple of years.
“Today, I graduate with my master's in political science and I’m going on to law school to study international human rights,” said Julianne Hill, who is excited to be heading to Harvard law but feels bad for her friends still trying to figure out what to do next. “I think it's exciting today but tomorrow is when the dread will set in.”
But according to multiple national studies, employers plan to hire 10 percent more college grads than last year and college recruiting at ASU was up some 20 percent.
“It doesn't mean everyone has a job but overall the outlook is much better,” said Dean Robert Mittelstaedt of the W.P. Carey School of Business.
Still, he said it could be some time before the economy fully bounces back.
“You have to remember it's not only a matter of getting back to where we were but the population has continued to grow for five years too, so we have to get back above where we were five years ago at the peak in order to be in good shape,” he said.
But we are moving in the right direction and these ASU grads are proof of that.
“I was in business a long time then I got laid off from my job so I decided to go back to school to pursue my passion in music,” said Vicki Love, who earned her master’s in music education and admits she was nervous about finding a job. “Oh, I was petrified especially with music because with the economy and in the schools they're getting rid of the arts program so I'm very blessed to have a job.”
And with dozens of employers on a wait list for recruiting events at ASU, career counselors are optimistic that if these students haven't already landed a job, they will very soon.
“It demonstrates and supports the premise there are opportunities out there for our graduates.”
And, of course, the career services and recruiting events are open to all ASU alumni looking for a job.