Washington, D.C. becomes destination for recent college graduates to find jobs (includes video story)

As graduates enter a new chapter in their lives, they are starting to navigate toward job opportunities in Washington, D.C. The city has become a new home for alumni and has been a career hotspot in recent years.

According to Handshake, D.C. was ranked the second most popular place for graduates to work, preceded by New York City. Almost 7.4% of applicants on Handshake submitted applications to government positions, which are common in the nation’s capital.

Washington, D.C. has also grown to be more popular due to recent changes in pay. The minimum wage increased to $17 an hour, which is the highest in the country. Most government internships are now paid as well, drawing in more students and alums to the city.

Recent FIU graduates say they are concerned with finding a job that suits their education, helps them grow and gives them a sense of stability. Lucky for them, Washington, D.C. provides all of the above.

Cassandra Alonso is a senior TV and multimedia production student at Florida International University. She is well-versed in all areas of media and has been interested in it since she was young. She has worked on editing high school yearbooks and has a strong passion for writing, editing, photography, and social media. She creates her own content online and has enjoyed networking within FIU. She looks forward to taking leadership roles and loves working with other people. Her goal is to indulge in all aspects of the TV production industry, create her own productions, and expand her interests further.