New college grads get diploma, but still no job

By: Gene Petriello Email
By: Gene Petriello Email

News 12 First at Five; May 4, 2009

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. --- College grads across our area are hitting the job market in the coming days, but many will not be working. We take a closer look at how tough it is for many in this economy.

It's a daily routine for Wes Hollar to be on his phone trying to get a job, as he is graduating from USC Aiken in just 3 days. "I thought 5 years ago, I'd have no problem getting a teaching job being a guy, they need guy teachers," says Wes.

But, as he starts a new chapter of his life with a new apartment and wife, he is still searching for a job as a teacher.

"I am very concerned that at the end of the summer, I'm not going to have any job to go to," says Wes.

It's not only Wes facing long odds, about 300 grads from USC Aiken are getting their diplomas on Thursday, and many of them are entering into a tough job market. That's true, whether it's in education or another field.

"I'm terrified not knowing," adds Wes. "I like to know what's going on."

Here is what is going on. If Governor Mark Sanford decides to take the stimulus money he controls and some of it goes to education, a state survey says 1,900 jobs will be lost statewide, with 1,000 of them being teachers.

Also, Aiken County is looking at losing more than 100 teacher jobs if they pass the budget cuts as they stand right now. That, is right where Wes is about to call home, Aiken County.

"I'm going to have to do a lot of sitting and waiting around and hoping that I'll get that phone call," says Wes.

But, with demand seemingly down for teachers coming out of college, Wes may be sweating it out. But, he is not alone.

Lots of people we talked with at Augusta State say they are having problems finding jobs too. Also, we did a little research and found out that many students are going to school for Master's or PHD's now.


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