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Miami Grads Bucking Trend and Landing Jobs

OXFORD, Ohio (Larry Davis) -- Just a few years ago, Miami University seniors talked about the future.

Many of them had nothing lined up after graduation. The job prospects were bleak, but a new survey shows that the vast majority, 91 percent of 2013 graduates, either had jobs lined up or were going on to grad school.

Things are looking up for this year's graduates as well. Half way through the school year, many Miami students already know what they will be doing after graduation. They will be working.

Miami senior marketing major, Gillian Maxfield, has already landed a job with Allstate Insurance. She currently works as an assistant at Miami's Career Services Department helping other students with resumes and mock interviews.

All that and her classroom education helped her land a job before graduation.

"I feel really fortunate. I've really used a lot of the resources here on campus," Maxfield says. "I think that attributed to me getting a job so early on."

The survey of Miami graduates shows 60 percent finding jobs in their major or their field of study. Just a few years ago, seniors were having a tough time finding work after graduation.

Career Services Director Mike Goldman says things have changed and it's not just an improving economy.

"We are much more focused on student development and ensuring our students have as many employment opportunities as possible," Goldman says. "Our students are very well prepared for graduate or professional schools."

Maxfield's advice to future graduates and job seekers is to network.

"Don't underestimate the power of relationships. Network with your professors and with other faculty that you come across. You never know who might know somebody that could help you get a job," Maxfield says.

Maxfield helps Miami answer a question asked by parents and students, "When I graduate will I find a job and will I be accepted to graduate or professional school?"

"We can answer that question with complete confidence, yes," Goldman says.

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