Eau Claire (WQOW) - Hundreds of UW Eau Claire students walked away with a diploma in hand Saturday. The school's fall commencement ceremony was held at Zorn Arena early Saturday morning. Now they'll look to enter the workforce.
But numbers released Wednesday ranked Wisconsin 37th in private sector job growth over a twelve month period. We talked to the graduates about they feel starting careers under the current condition.
"I would love to get in with Disney weddings, or some type of Disney event planning," said Courtney Schoenberger, UWEC Class of 2013.
With diploma in hand, the latest round of UW Eau Claire graduates walked across the stage and smiled for the camera Saturday. But now comes potentially their hardest test; finding a job.
"I've applied, sent my resume out to a lot of places, haven't heard back. I think I've sent out about 20 emails to potential employers. Hoping after the holidays I'll end up with something a little more stable," said John Kopetsky, who also graduated from UWEC on Saturday.
822 members of the 2013 class are now holding degrees, and some have a job lined up as well.
"I did the Disney college program, and then was offered a position there if I wanted to stay, but I had to come back, finish my degree. So I'm going back down there to pursue a career with Disney," Schoenberger said.
For others, the search for post graduation employment continues.
"I only know a very small amount of people who have a stable job set up for right now. Most of them are still looking and hoping. I definitely could have worked harder finding a job, but I had a lot of stuff finishing up with school, explained Kopetsky.
Yet all the students we spoke to say that by finishing school, they're ready to face whatever the future may hold.
"Absolutely, I feel like with organizational communication you can really take that anywhere. Everyone needs a great communicator so I feel like that's a perfect degree to have," Schoenberger said.
"I think so, and a degree I think shows just commitment in general. A company is going to train you and mold you the way they want to, so it just shows that you're willing to learn," Kopetsky added.