"A lot of them want to do something meaningful. They want their work to have meaning to them, to their employers and to the world. They want to be valued. And that's a big part of their worries. They say, 'How do I get to this?' It's real hard for them to think, 'This is all my degree is worth? Getting to start at the bottom?' "
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Profile: Anna Garza
Family: Husband Paul; two grown children
Education: Bachelor's degree in human services from Cal State Fullerton; master's degree in counseling and career guidance from Cal State Long Beach
Background: Mail carrier for nine years; placement specialist and special program coordinator at Cypress College for six years; became founding director in 1988 of career planning and internships at Pitzer College in Claremont; joined Chapman University in 1992 as director of the Career Development Center
Student anxieties: "The students I see are worried about the economy. Many have had parents who have been laid off and have gone through a period of unemployment. They have friends who graduated before them and they are seeing some of those friends not finding jobs. They are worried."
Source: Anna Garza; Researched by RUSS LOAR / For The Times