U-W Eau Claire senior Chelsea Dammen is eager to graduate this spring.
"I'm ready to be done with college. I'm ready to go out there and get a job,” said Chelsea Dammen.
She and millions of college seniors across the country will be leaving behind the books to take on a career.
"I want to do public relations or communication work for the arts."
In previous years, the job market was glum but for the first time in 5 years, job prospects look encouraging.
"The job outlook for this year's graduates is awesome. The best since 2001 and some may claim its going to be better,” said Jeanne Skoug of U W Eau Claire Career Services.
According to a survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies are hiring almost 15-percent more college grads in 2005-2006 than they hired in 2004-2005.
Hundreds of U-W Eau Claire students will be getting their degrees next month and many will already have jobs lined up. But for those who don't, there's no need to worry. The key thing to do is start networking. Some jobs don't advertise and by getting your name out there, you could get an in when an opportunity opens up.
Having internships can also make all the difference. Some employers look at their interns as potential hires.
"It helps a student check out a career. It helps an employer check out the student. We're hearing more and more from employers that they're not going to hire a student unless they've had an internship,” said Skoug.
Dammen is on the right track as she's already had three internships. And landing that P.R. job will be the perfect topping to her job search.