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New Grads Enter Hot Job Market. Now What?

After graduating from the University of Houston,  Jason Poland  landed a job that sounds almost too good to believe. He gets paid to play with toys, as Legoland's newest master builder.
After graduating from the University of Houston, Jason Poland landed a job that sounds almost too good to believe. He gets paid to play with toys, as Legoland's newest master builder.

This year's graduates enter what's being described as one of the hottest job markets in years. Guests examine the current market, who's hiring, and what salaries a degree can expect.

The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that companies are hiring 14 percent more new college grads than last year -- and they're paying more too. For the first time in about five years, it's a seller's market. Companies report stiff competition for the best and brightest, and graduates find themselves in position to negotiate and even choose which job they want.

Guests:

Jason Poland, winner of Legoland California's national search for a new master builder; recent graduate from the University of Houston

Mark Zandi, chief economist, Economy.com

Johnna Torsone, senior vice president and chief human resources officer of Pitney Bowes Inc.

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