ASU graduates fear the fork in the road

TEMPE, AZ - Graduation is supposed to be a happy day and for many Arizona State University students it will be just that.

But also looming in the backs of some of their minds, is what they will do after they get their diplomas.

Years of hard work will finally pay off for around 6,000 ASU students who are graduating Wednesday and Thursday.

But will it?

ABC15 talked with students who were picking up their caps and gowns.

They know in this tough economy it will be hard to get a job in the first place, but now word of a possible fiscal cliff has escalated those fears.

Lawmakers have until year's end to come up with a compromise, but if they don't there could be a lot at stake in Arizona.

According to a bipartisan group called Fix the Debt, 50,000 jobs and billions of dollars could be lost.

However, the National Association of Colleges and Employers estimates hiring of college grads will actually increase 13 percent this year.

Human resources experts say those jobs will still be hard to come by because many employers will only hire when they have a specific need.

Several reports show students with finance, computer science and accounting fields will have the easiest time finding jobs.

Experts say the rest will have to find a way to stand out from the crowd and be more than just a resume.

ASU graduate students will commence at the Wells Fargo Arena at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Undergrads get their diplomas at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

According to ASU , free parking will be available throughout the Tempe campus, except for metered spaces and residence halls lots.

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