Into the 'real world'

Soon-to-be-graduated college students are an optimistic bunch when it comes to finding their first positions, according to a survey of 600 seniors.

With about a month left until graduation, 55 percent said they haven't yet begun searching for work. And nearly a third, 32 percent, expect it will take them only one to three months to land a job. Of the 45 percent who had started looking, 11 percent said they had a job lined up.

And which field are they scouting? For men, positions in technology and then business and finance were most sought, while women were most interested in health care, communications and marketing jobs.

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