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      Grads prepare for life after college

      Pamphlets for students at Westminster College's Career Services center.

      There's some good news for 2013 college graduates.

      "According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the recent grads can expect to see a 13% increase in hiring," Abigail Manwell, assistant director for the Center for Career Development at Westminster College, said.

      Manwell said Westminster's Career Services looks to aid students transitioning to the working world or seeking to pursue higher education.

      "They can make sure their resume looks as competitive as it should and they can practice their interviewing skills," she said. "A lot of times career centers have connections with certain employers so they can recommend."

      KRCG 13 spoke with some Westminster seniors who have their plans figured out to see what they did to prepare for life after graduation.

      "The most important thing throughout my college experience has been the leadership that I've acquired in the clubs and organizations that I've participated in. And the relationships I've had with advisors, professors and mentors," David Strawhun said. Strawhun will be doing Teach for America in Los Angeles after graduation.

      Katie Denning, who will be working for KPMG in St. Louis, took advantage of the services offered at the career center.

      "I did a mock interview here, I worked with career services and they helped a bunch being able to find a place that fits for me and what I want to do," Denning said.

      But not all grads are as lucky as those two.

      "Some friends out of school right now who are pretty qualified, have a lot of experience, but after application and application still are coming up short," Strawhun said.

      Ryan Roark will be starting a PhD program in chemistry at the University of Missouri next year, but has some friends who have yet to figure out their future plans.

      "I think a lot of them are going to go home and try to find a job until they get that dream job where they wanna go," Roark said.

      Both the students and the employees at Career Services stressed the importance of networking to find career opportunities, saying it's just as much who you know as what you can do.