2019 College Track Social Mobility Report 2019 College Track Social Mobility Report (web) - Page 8

SPOTLIGHT ONE ONE YEAR LATER, EVERYONE’S ON TRACK! How do graduates fare two years after college graduation? In last year’s survey, seven fresh graduates were still looking to land a job. In this year’s survey, nearly all 2016 graduates are either employed or in graduate school! 3 Darius’ story illustrates the winding path some graduates encounter after college4 “Like a lot of college students, once you get your degree and are out into the real world, I didn’t have a plan. So I applied and applied for jobs and nothing hit at all. I started working at FedEx and Costco because I had bills to pay. I would wake up at 3am and go to Fedex with my UC Santa Cruz hoodie on. People would look at me like, ‘What are you doing here, did you go to school there?’ but I would just get on the belt and do my job, and then go to Costco at 1pm until closing. I was fortunate enough to get my first real job doing a violence prevention curriculum for juveniles in detention so they can make improvements once they get out. That opened the door and now I’m getting my Master’s in Public Administration.” -Darius, College Track Oakland, UC Santa Cruz B.A., San Jose State University MPA candidate College Track Page 8