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4:49 PM, May 9, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, N.C. - A new study says college grads that move back home can cost parents $8,000-$18,000 a year. Some parents are asking their adult children to pay rent.

Dan Grigg is a Career Advisor at GTCC. He starts talking to students about the realities of the working world right after they sign up for classes. The idea is make sure students fully understand what career they are pursuing.

"We call it tunnel vision. You have a vision of what your future is going to be and you only see that. You don't see all the things that come along with that field. All the side jobs, all the things you're asked to do besides that one vision," Grigg said.

For example, if you watch a show like CSI and think those kinds of jobs are non-stop excitement, not so fast. There's also plenty of paperwork involved. Plus, it could take a long time to find a job. That's why some students are not afraid to live at home with their parents while they transition into the real world.

"I love my parents. They are awesome. They would let me stay there until I was 50. It's a lot of help...not having to stress and worry about rent," GTCC Graduate Stepheny Shields said.

Do students realize what's ahead? How hard they will have to work to get their dream job and salary?

Nanita Grimsley said, "I know I'm going to have to start down at the bottom. But, it's scary going into a new field."

To get a real idea of how much money and how many job openings are out there here in the Triad, check out this website.

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