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College graduation...it's a time to celebrate success and bask in achievement.
But for many college grads that celebration is cut short when reality sets in. Brad Rakes of Enterprise knows all too well the powerful grip life can have.
"Well, the biggest, biggest thing is juggling my time," says Brad Rakes. Time that can be precious when you have a wife and two small children.
"You know I have to spend time with family, work and have time to do my school work and you know make sure I'm doing good," he added.
Brad graduated with a Computer Networking degree and things were looking up.
"I graduated with a 3.75 GPA so I...I did pretty good," he explained. But pretty good doesn't look quite so good on a resume.
In this tough economy, finding a job is next to impossible. In fact, one in every two college graduates can't find employment or end up settling for part-time work.
It's been nearly a year since Brad graduated. These days he's a manager at a restaurant. Taking things one day at a time to support his two young girls.
"I'm struggling to find a job like many people are...it's just.. there are lots of jobs out there but finding one is kinda hard to do because it's what people get for careers and not normal jobs," says Rakes.
The job versus career road block is a problem many graduates face. It's hard to find a job without experience..but on the flip side, it's hard to gain experience without first getting that job.
Because of this, many schools are now equipped with programs to bridge the gap between employer and employee.
"We are seeing an increase number of students that are taking job search strategies...that are coming in and are filling out placement files. We do get a lot of businesses in the area that will let us know when they have vacancies and that way we can kind of match up our students with those particular jobs and so that is an area that's growing," says Troy Dothan Dean of Students Bob Willis.
To increase his odds, Brad has turned to the internet to try to find some luck. "And I've had a couple leads I thought might could pan through but they just didn't work out so I'm just gonna keep looking...that's all I can do," Brad explains.
Keep looking because now as head of a household he has an example to set.