St. Ambrose University’s graduating class of 2011 is all over the map when it comes to hunting for a job.
Talking to a sampling of graduates after Saturday’s commencement at i wireless Center in Moline, one sees the prospects as bleak, one is networking for the right job, one is choosing among multiple offers and two roommates already have found jobs in Arizona.
Tyler Ewing, 23, of Danville, Ill., summed up the job hunt: “It’s tough.”
With majors in psychology and business management, Ewing wants to be a financial adviser. He has been told that’s an attractive field for new graduates.
“I’m looking for networking opportunities and talking to people I know,” Ewing said.
Joey Carioti, 23, of Mokena, Ill., sees a hard road ahead finding a job with his physical education degree.
“Physical education is very hard to get into,” he said. “There’s only one PE teacher per school.”
He’s looking for a teaching job first, and then a coaching job.
Jobs are aplenty in the booming health-care field, according to Anne Marie Henderson, 26, of Albia, Iowa. She graduated with a master’s degree in occupational therapy.
“I get three phone calls a week,” she said. “Each one is another job opportunity.”
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For Henderson, it’s not about where the jobs are but picking where she wants to live. She probably will stay in the Midwest, she said.
Roommates Jessica Boock, 27, of Bettendorf and Cori Barkei, 22, of Aurora, Ill., are leaving the Midwest for nursing jobs at Mayo Clinic in Phoenix. They landed the jobs a month ago.
“I went back and forth between teaching and nursing,” said Barkei, who graduated magna cum laude. “I wanted to do something to give back to society. Nursing was the way to go.”
Boock said finding a job while finishing out her college experience was difficult, but necessary. “You have to take time to plan for your future,” she said.
The two agreed that faculty at St. Ambrose in Davenport help students reach their goals. “They want us to succeed,” Boock said.