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Experts say December graduates have a good chance to land a job


STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -- Hundreds of UW-Stevens Point students walked across the stage Saturday to receive a diploma.

According to career development experts, the job outlook for these graduates is looking good.

Christopher Navarro was one of 655 students who graduated from the UW-Stevens Point Saturday.

He says a lot has changed since his freshman year.

"I changed my major a lot," explained Navarro. "Many times. Just like everyone else does."

After hard work and some big decisions he holds a bachelor's degree in biology.

"It's been a long journey," Navarro said. "I studied hard and now I'm excited to get out there and join the workforce."

Career development experts say the future is bright for recent graduates like Navarro.

"Employers are getting back in the swing of things and they're looking to expand their workforce," said Kristine Porter, a district director for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Porter says the unemployment rate is under 5% and graduates have a good chance at landing a job.

"If you just graduated and are looking for jobs in central Wisconsin, it looks like there are a lot of opportunities," Porter said.

Some graduates already have work plans. Whether they have a job lined up or not, students say they can't wait to see what their future holds.

"I'm really excited. It's kind of bitter sweet because there's so many friends and people that I've met along the way," explained Navarro

Career development experts say in central Wisconsin the medical and information technology fields have the highest demand for new workers.

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