Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Facing the Real World.(Final)

Byline: Olivier Uyttebrouck Journal Staff Writer

New UNM Graduates Confident They'll Find Employment Despite Tough Job Market

Sure, the economy stinks and jobs are tight. But when you're graduating from college on a sunny spring morning, who cares?

University of New Mexico graduates who crossed the podium Saturday at the Pit are stepping into one of the tightest job markets in years, job placement experts say.

But graduates decked out in caps and gowns Saturday expressed confidence that hard work and optimism will help them find good jobs, sooner or later.

"I've had a job since I was 15, and I've never had trouble finding a job," said Jamie Cochran, 23, as she stood in line with hundreds of other UNM graduates at the Pit. …

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