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College grads trade books for more books

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) --  For many, college graduation is a time to celebrate.  But, for Calysta Phalen, it means starting over.

"It's nerve wracking. Not a lot out there right now," Phalen said.

That's why Phalen will be trading in her books at the end of the semester, for more books, as she heads off to graduate school next year.

"I don't have high expectations for getting a job right now with everyone losing their jobs and out of work," Phalen said.

And many soon-to-be-grads are thinking and doing the same thing.

"I can stay in school until the economy recovers and good things happen when you further your education," Ryan Rutludge, a senior at UWSP said.

In a tough economy, and a highly competitive job market, career service leaders say finding a job can be a struggle.

"Employers can't find candidates, candidates can't find positions. There seems to be a mismatch," Lorry Walters, Associate Director of Career Services at UWSP said.

Walters points to fear as a reason students are holding back.

"People enter the job market with trepidation, they hear it is not good so they put it off and miss opportunities," Walters said.

And Walter's says its never to early to start thinking about your future.

"If you're working at it while still in school it takes away the ominous feeling of, "oh I am graduating," Walters said.

And for Phalen, she knows whatever the future has in store for her, she'll be ready.

"If I get something good, then great. If not, I have a back-up plan," Phalen said.

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