Most college students look forward to the day they walk across a stage into the real world and land their dream jobs.
But according to a recent study by the Associated Press, the class of 2012 is in for a rude awakening.
That study shows one out of two college graduates will not have a job once they leave a college or university.
The career services center at Troy University's Dothan campus helps upcoming grads get their foot in the door.
"We help with the job search strategy, we help with resume, cover letter critiques," said Amy about her students being ready to compete in this job market.
Here at Troy University, students have access to a website full of job opportunities.
Emily Wood is a senior at troy university. Wood uses the site daily, and recommends it to other students to get a head start on their job searches.
"I feel like more students should take advantage of the career services," said Wood.
An advantage Jeremy Varney says provides a small silver lining for graduating students.
"It's hard to get a job anywhere and if fifty percent of people graduating college are at least getting a job that's better than some people out there," says Varney.
It’s a number students are hoping will soon change for the better.
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