FORT MYERS, Fla. - Nearly 400 Florida Gulf Coast University students walked across the stage at Alico Arena to get their diplomas today.
But after the pomp and circumstance is over, it's time to jump into the uncertainty of the job market.
"I've seen some openings, but for every opening there's like a million people applying so you have to really stick out," Rebeca Gonch, who graduated with a degree in legal studies, said.
Not quite ready to go to law school just yet, Gonch is trying to land a job at the United Nations.
"It's kind of scary because this is the only one job I've applied to so if I don't get it I am kind of at a loss," Gonch said.
Graduate Mohammad Itayem already runs his own business and hopes his new accounting degree helps him expand. He says he picked accounting because it offers more job security.
"When it comes to other degrees, the job market is kind of scary," Itayem said. "That's why I chose accounting in case I don't open up a business it's easier to find a job."
Almost 50 students received graduated degrees. A group of local teachers hope to move into administrative rolls now they have have Master's in Education.
"I think being in the system already you get a good feel for what's out there and you're able to make good decisions and choices and learn the loops you have to go through," Heather Krystofiak said.
But no matter the path the 396 grads take, one thing is for sure: getting a job these days is no easy task.
"My brother graduated 10 years ago and got a job right away," Itayem said. "My cousin graduated two years ago and he's still looking."
And while some students have been able to nab jobs at new companies in Lee County like Hertz, others say they still have their fingers crossed.
"I am applying everywhere, everywhere in the country, everywhere in the world actually," Gonch said.