Welcome to commencement. Do you have a job?
A job in the high-tech industry is the elusive goal of many college graduates, whether it's at a hot start-up, a colossus like Google, or a defense contractor designing the tools of the military. The question, of course, is whether there are jobs for those dreamers. In a series of profiles of college graduates throughout the United States, CNET finds high-tech companies are more welcoming to college grads than they've been in years--so long as those grads are smart, creative, and a little realistic.
Newly minted bachelor's degrees in hand, college graduates are finding that there are more jobs to be had, particularly in engineering and technology.
VC and start-up fever have seized Silicon Valley, and new business school grads want in on the action. But they often don't know where to look--and the tech industry isn't always seeking them out.
Ben Wheeler took a gamble that grad school would pay off. After two years of a grueling engineering and MBA program, he'll be working at Google, where he'll apply his operations chops to cloud computing.
Caltech graduating senior Michelle Jiang, a double major in mechanical engineering and business, set her sites on a tech giant and never looked back, fending off recruiters along the way.
Thomas Schluchter is about to graduate with a master's from UC Berkeley's School of Information. He spent weeks preparing for a grueling set of interviews, and discovered he's a very attractive candidate. But quality of life may be more important than money.
Georgia Tech graduate Mae Tidman hopes her programming skills, design background, film study, and internships will get her hired by an online gaming firm.