PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The certainty of college life this time of year gives way to the unknown of the future.

“So, I’m applying for a few things and I’m waiting to hear back and I’m in the final for a couple of fellowships, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed,” said Mimi Frisch of Buffalo.

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Some graduates plan to continue their education, others have jobs waiting.

“It really wasn’t too tough at all,” said Megan Schirato of Hershey. “It’s about if you are willing to move and travel, all that sort of stuff.”

Locally, 18,000 new jobs are expected this year.

“About 40 percent of the jobs (that) will see growth will be in the high-wage sectors that are growing, and so those are jobs that are available to individuals with bachelor’s degrees or higher,” said Susie Puskar with the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Board.

High wage meaning $60,000 a year and up.

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“So there’s a broad range of opportunities within the healthcare field, especially in this region with our employer base that we have,” said Puskar.

“I think it’s a very exciting field and it should be good,” said Perrine Heymann of Lexington, Mass.

Other hot professions are IT, business and finance.

“I applied to a lot of jobs, it’s a long process, but they’re out there,” said Elizabeth Spiegel of Philadelphia.

Whether it’s in healthcare or an IT job in one of the banks, or whatever you’re going for, know that being turned down is part of it and the key is to be consistent and persistent – and keep trying until you find the job you’re looking for.

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