Kelley Mulfinger thought she would be making a six-figure salary in marketing by her second year out of school. Instead, the University of Virginia alum is teaching a classroom of first-graders how to spell words like "care."
Each spring, about 1.5 million new college grads enter the workplace hoping to put their newly acquired degrees to good use, get their careers going, and start making some cash. Thanks to a bright job market, more than half of 12,303 graduating students polled by the National Association of Colleges and Employers already had accepted jobs by early May. Meanwhile, another 49% of those seeking full-time jobs are still looking.