GREENSBORO, N.C. — There’s pomp, ceremony and concern as Piedmont area graduates earn their degree this weekend.
“I need a job desperately,” said Kayla Pittman, who tipped her graduation cap Friday with a wanted ad.
North Carolina A&T sends off its graduates tomorrow.
Jonathan Scott will still be looking for a job with local school districts this summer and trying to stay positive.
“I think there’s opportunity there, you just have to be flexible and willing to travel a little bit,” said Scott.
FOX8 News found many students still looking for work and likely to move home following graduation.
A national survey done by Accenture highlights two reasons recent graduates may have to return home after finishing school. First, only 46 percent of graduates over the last two years have found full-time employment. Second, about 80 percent of graduates are earning their diploma with around $10,000 in debt.
“It would be a burden to start from today and have that on your shoulders tomorrow,” said Tina McClain, who saw her daughter Jessica graduate Friday with a degree in education.
If Jessica’s substitute teaching work doesn’t turn into a full-time job, she may become one of many graduates considering returning to the classroom.
“A lot are going into school because they don’t know what they want to do,” said Pittman. “Some are just taking a year off to really find themselves.”
Pittman is already resigned to lean on her parents as she continues the job search.
“I’m moving back home to get an internship,” said Pittman.