Graduates face battle ahead as they look to join the workforce

Unemployment went down from 6.7% to 6.3%

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -  

Many people are taking that familiar walk across the stage this week during graduation ceremonies around the nation including right here in Kern County.

The question now is what will these new graduates do for work?

More than 2,000 students are graduating from CSUB, and while some already have jobs lined up, there are many more who are settling at restaurants and retail stores while they wait for a position to open up in their respected fields.

It's the music most people wait years to hear and with the long procession towards that famous stage 2014 graduates have one thing on their minds.

"It’s weird. We were talking, my friend and I during the commencement about, we don't have anything to do now," said graduate Brock Chrisitan who has earned a degree in Music.

The nation's job market continues to force many college graduates to take jobs they don't want.

“It's hard times for everybody and even when you have a university degree; it doesn't guarantee you a job. It used to be that you were a candidate but or hire a candidate for employment but now everyone has a degree pretty much and they are still looking for employment," said Deborah Nava Haeberle, who earned a degree in Art.

An April jobs report shows employers added 288,000 positions, the most in more than two years.  Unemployment went down from 6.7% to 6.3%, but people between the ages of 25 to 34 who worked in April fell to a five-month low of 75.5%, down from March.

"It was a long journey for me, personally and to walk off that stage it was really amazing," said Francisco Salinas, who earned a degree in Business Administration.

Despite the job numbers graduate are optimistic.

"This is such a great environment and this is such a great community and just all the people that touch my life in such a positive way has been a real great impact on me," said Marilyn Naderhoff who earned a degree in Biology.

Some graduates are moving back home to figure things out, while many more are just planning to stay in school for another degree.

"I was accepted to grad school in Cal State Fullerton but there's a couple of teaching jobs that just opened up here in the current high school district so I may be staying or regardless getting my teaching credential definitely happening next," said Christian.

The last set of CSUB graduates plan to walk across that stage during the school's last ceremony which takes place this weekend.

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