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Area December college graduates look to enter workforce

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- While December marks the beginning of the holiday season, it also spells the start of final exams for area college students-- and the start of their looking into landing a job.

Many area college seniors are cramming now for their final "finals" before graduating and entering the job market next year.

 According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, companies plan to hire about 8 percent more new college grads from 2013 to 2014 than they did the previous year.

That is welcome news for the record 21.8 million students studying at U.S. colleges and universities.

But getting an early start on the job hunt can pose some unique challenges to career-seekers.

While full-time positions are most desirable, a record 1.3 million people between the ages of 20 and 24 are working in part-time positions, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Some local students we spoke with say even a part-time job in their field is better than none at all.

Research conducted by National Association of Colleges and Employers reveals the most in-demand college degrees are accounting, finance, engineering, and business administration.

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