Education: Have Degree, Will Travel

The class of '83 faces the worst job prospects since World War II

For graduating seniors at Northwestern University, the small room tucked away in one of the administration buildings has been a popular spot on campus. There, twice a week, a group of students known as the job club gathers to swap leads, vent frustrations and talk of how to get someone to hire them in this year's tight job market. They even practice the art of shaking the hand of a recruiter in a convincing way. "I'm confused," says Margaret Berger, an English...

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