Aggies Prepare for Real World, Looking for Jobs at Graduation

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Pomp and circumstances and thousands of graduates are becoming former students of Texas A&M.

News 3 spoke to a few of the class of 2013 as many prepare for their dream job, while others are still searching in the uncertain economy.

Milestones are being made in Aggieland this weekend after attending classes stretching from four to even ten years.

Ruth Perry is now a doctor and a "three-pete" Aggie.

"That means I got all three degrees at Texas A&M," said Perry.

Now the search is on work as she starts a post-doc program.

"I've been applying for some jobs in the oil and gas industry in Houston and so I'll be moving there in a couple months," she said.

Architecture graduate Mitchell Dickinson is staying at A&M another two years.

"I'm not going anywhere. It's masters now. So I'm going to stay here and take two years of masters. I'm excited," said Dickinson.

Chase Shimek landed a job in Dallas doing construction and is looking forward to pay down his student loans with those first paychecks.

"My plan is to have my student loans paid off within at least two years, maybe three. But I don't want to stretch it too much further past that. Live slim the first years you are out to be on the smart side," said Shimek.

Latest statistics still show having a college degree is worth the upfront costs.

Nationally the unemployment rate for college graduates in April was just 3.9 percent. The worst rate was in November 2010 at 5.1 percent according to the New York Times.

Then there are those still searching like Lindsey Flesch and Liz Grasher who are graduating in landscape architecture.

"You know I'm not really worried yet I know God has everything in plan and He knows the future. So I've had quite few interviews and I've applied to two other jobs yesterday," said Flesch.

"I've been talking with one company, had an offer but just figuring out what's the right fit for me," said Liz Grasher.

"I'm excited to be done. I'm kind sad to be moving on," said Chase Shimek.

Moving on to the real world.

This semester more than 7,100 students are graduating from Texas A&M.

That's another new record.