Graduates prepare for the future

By Alyssa Donovan

May 18, 2013 Updated May 18, 2013 at 10:26 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill.-- Hundreds of local students ended their college careers on Saturday, but it's just the beginning of what's in store for them next.

The Peoria Civic Center was graduation central on Saturday with ceremonies for both Bradley University and Saint Francis College of Nursing.

When crossing the stage into the 'real world' one thought is on almost everyone's minds, getting a job.

And for some Bradley students, that means figuring out exactly what they want to do.

Bradley University graduate Music Business major, Ashley Kavalec said, "I had an internship here at the radio station here, advanced media partners and I really liked that so I'm hoping to get somewhere in that field."

Bradley University graduate History major, Britani Bouldin said, “I'm not a hundred percent sure but I would aspire to work in a consulate somewhere overseas one day so that's my dream job."

With last month's state unemployment rate at 9.3%. Landing that perfect job may be a challenge in some fields.

But for Saint Francis College of Nursing grads, finding a focus is the easy part.

Bachelor of Science Nursing graduate, Melissa Cravens said, "At least 5 years I've been working towards it and started the process and wanted to do it."

And for Cravens finding a job wasn't too hard either.

Cravens said, “I'm working on the Neuro Intermediate Unit and then I'm also starting the master's degree program this summer in dermatology."

Whether the grads are all set with a job or just starting the search... officials at both ceremonies are reminding graduates of how proud they should be of reaching this milestone.

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