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UT nursing students graduate amid promising jobs numbers

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University of Toledo students have to be moved out and off campus by 8 p.m. on Friday. The nursing students are moving out and on to new jobs. They crossed the stage and graduated on Friday. 

They're positive and optimistic about finding a job. Some said the promising April jobs number is encouraging. 

"It is good news to know that there are jobs out there," said Emily White, UT nursing graduate. 

These students said they're ready for the next big step. Christina Muha is giving the commencement speech for her nursing class and has some encouraging words. 

"I would tell them to stay positive," Muha said. "Keep looking and keep an open mind. I know that we've been prepared really well. We'll all find what we're looking for out there."

The April jobs report showed the economy added 176,000 new jobs. Hearing these positive numbers on the day her daughter graduates helps ease Christina's mom's anxiety. 

"I think the health career field has a lot more openings than other areas - she did notice that there are not a lot of job openings in this area right now,"said Linda Muha. 

Christina sees herself as an Emergency Room nurse. 

"My ideal job would be to work in an ER," she said. "I really like the fast pace, seeing all of the different illness and helping people when they need it most." 

She has a backup plan if she doesn't find a job right away. 

"But she does have the option - she was accepted to grad school," said Linda Muha. "She might go on to be a nurse practitioner."

There was a Falcon in the mist of the Rockets. Jonathan Sheppard is a Bowling Green State University student graduating with a degree in nursing. His advice is to stand out from other job seekers. 

"I'm hoping that I have a few unique things to my resume that will help me - I'm fluent in Spanish," Sheppard said.

The nursing students who graduated on Friday have a degree that should serve them well, as health care is a strong sector. The Labor Department expects home health aide to be the fastest growing occupation this decade. 

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