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College grads stepping into a better economy

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In between finishing her marketing classes before graduation, Dana Mullins is getting a feel for her new job as marketing director at Polk's Meat Co.

Mullins, 22, will graduate May 13 with a bachelor's degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. After this, she will step into her role on a full-time basis.

Mullins joins graduates across the nation in entering a better job market than last year's graduates.

According to a report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Mullins and her 2011 classmates should be able to find a job.

Employers plan to hire 19.3 percent more recent graduates this year, the report said. The association surveyed 174 schools from February through April.

Eric Williams, who will graduate May 14 from William Carey University with a master's degree in forensics science, has a different story. The Magee native already has a bachelor's degree in biology and said the job search has been a bit daunting.

He said he received a book from Student Support Services that helped him along and gave him tips but he still hasn't heard from potential employers.

"I'm confident I will find a job," he said. "Now it's about who you know and the economy has the jobs slim. With my major, it's hard to find a job."

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