Graduates and Job Worries

By: Charlene Cristobal
August 1, 2014

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Emotions run deep Friday morning as soon-to-be graduates of FAMU and FSU gear up to take their final walk across the big stage and into the next chapter of their lives...finding a job.

According to Millennial Job Report, 15% of young adults were out of work in July. The National Unemployment Rate is 6.2%.

Gilberto Bennett, a soon-to-be FAMU graduate is the first in his family to graduate from college. He is already working and will continue to work after he graduates. "I'm glad that I do have a job, I have a child as well," he said. "I had to get a job, I had to provide. So, definitely having a job coming out of college has given me an advantage to be able to provide in a way." Bennett will be graduating Friday night with a Master's Degree.

Miracle Avery, also a soon-to-be graduate of FAMU, doesn't have a job lined up, but says she isn't worried. "Because I brother is disabled, I feel like I've been in this field for 15 years," she said. "Even if I don't go into a hospital job, I have to start somewhere."

Jackie Plack, a mother of two, has a job now but says she's been applying for other jobs to put her new FSU Master's Degree to use. "I've been working while I've been completing my Master's Degree," she said. "But I have several interviews lined up soon. So, we're hoping for positive outcomes there."

Tallahassee graduates, from different walks of life, all have one thing in common -- they aren't afraid of the numbers that are against them.


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