St. Ambrose grads can look forward to more job opportunities

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Hundreds of St. Ambrose students gathered at the i-Wireless center on Saturday, May 10 for graduation.

For graduate Chris Shoopman, walking across the stage and receiving his diploma was something his whole family looked forward to.

"They're pretty elated. They may be more happy than I am," said Shoopman. "This is a big step. I'm the first Shoopman to graduate from a four year institution so it's a big, big process and they've been waiting for a long time."

Shoopman graduated on Saturday with a degree in Elementary Education and is hoping to get a teaching position somewhere in the Quad Cities. He is one of millions across the U.S. right now searching for a job right out of college.

"I am looking in the Davenport and Bettendorf area. I've sent out applications and just hoping for the best," Shoopman said.

Recent studies show that graduates like Shoopman may be in luck. In a survey done by Harris Poll in February and early March for CareerBuilder, 57 percent of the surveyed employers said they plan on hiring recent college grads- which is up from 53 percent last year.

"It makes me more confident to know that maybe the economy is boosting up and that those job opportunities are going to open," said Shoopman.

The survey also revealed that while employers are planning on hiring new graduates, they still plan on paying the same starting salary, usually something under $40,000 a year.

More graduations will be scheduled at the i-Wireless center in the upcoming weeks, including Western Illinois University, Black Hawk College, and Augustana College.