SUNY Canton Graduates Looking Ahead to the WorkforcePosted: Updated:
Just ask SUNY Canton graduate Angelina Carmichael who graduated Saturday with a degree in healthcare management, commencement brings out all the feelings.
"I didn't think it was a big deal until I put on my gown. I was like, oh my god, I'm graduating," Carmichael said.
Saturday was graduation day at SUNY Canton and more than 900 students in its Class of 2017 can look to the future with hope.
According to a study by the Economic Policy Institute, the average wages of college students graduating this year are now higher than they were for students who graduated in 2007, just before the recession. Plus, the unemployment rate for college grads continues to shrink.
A number of students we spoke to said it's their internships that lead them to a job out of school.
"It definitely helped. I was looking at other companies in the meantime but it was definitely a comfort knowing," Alex Sterling, class of 2017 said. "Hey, I've got a place when I graduate for sure."
Carmichael is moving back home to the Bronx to work for a Hospital where she interned.
"My whole family is full of nurses and doctors, and I wanted to be in the field," she said.
Maryann Perfume graduated from the Vet Tech program. Her internship helped steer her towards a particular specialty.
"It helped me to know what I wanted to do in my field, which is intensive care," Perfume said. "I love it. The ICU ward was where I flourished when I was interning."
Whether students have a job lined up, or need some more time to look, their prospects are slowly improving.
"I'm not scared. I know I got this."