WKU soon-to-be grads feeling pressure to find jobs

Published: May. 4, 2017 at 6:02 PM CDT
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Only 11 days stand between WKU's Class of 2017 and graduation.

While students across campus are preparing for finals next week, senior Toppers are also updating their resumes, and already feeling the pressure to hopefully land a job before taking their diploma.

"At the same time I'm trying to excel in my classes, I'm looking for other jobs, trying to make sure that I have that lined up before I graduate," December graduate Kierstin Kirk stated.

"I have a lot of friends graduating now in the broadcast department, and they don't know what their future is going to be like," Hannah Sells, another December grad added.

"You don't know what to do, you don't know how you're going to survive, but, you're going to have to find a way. It's getting a little bit scary when you don't have that sure-fire thing that's coming next. You don't honestly know what exactly is going to be the next horizon for you," May graduate Jimmy Stratman admitted.

As the seniors start to see those 11 days as crunch time, WKU Broadcasting Professor and Academic Advisor Dr. Victoria LaPoe says she sees this every year with her students.

"Yes, it is stressful this time of year. I have a lot of students coming to my classes, and I give them time to discuss various things, such as the final topic and sometimes I spend like my last class an hour, hour and a half talking about how to get a job!"

But not every senior student at WKU is sweating the job hunt.

May graduate Billy Rutledge says when WBKO interviewed him about his situation, the timing couldn't have been better.

"Ten minutes ago, I got a call saying I got a job offer. So, it's in Louisville for iHeartMedia," senior Billy Rutledge stated.

"This summer, I already have an internship in Nashville," Keirstin Kirk explained.

"I'm going to graduate school for Sports Media and Branding. I'm a double-major right now, so I'm going to get my Broadcast Journalism and Sales degree next week, and then I plan on going to graduate school," senior athlete Janessa Jackson stated.

No matter the circumstances, Dr. LaPoe says don't be so worried over having a job before walking across the stage.

"I've taught at three universities and in most of my experiences, students have received a job in the area I've taught in within six months. So it may not happen right now, but it will happen," Dr. LaPoe explained.

The burden of finding a job already setting in for local seniors.

WKU's Class of 2017 will walk across the stage on Saturday, May 13, 2017.

Western's Graduate School Commencement will be may 12, 2017.