Summer is just around the corner, and for some high school students that means getting a summer job.
"I leave for college in September and I kind of have to save up some money to do that, "Dakota Morningstar, a high school senior, said.
Morningstar is ready for the next chapter in life, but before she hits the books she needs money to help pay for them.
"My parents are like, 'get a job,' and I'm trying real hard, and they're still yelling at me to get a job but I can't do anything about it when no one's hiring," she said.
It's a problem that has some students looking past the part-time paychecks.
"Right now I'm not sure what I want to do. I know I want to go to school and the Army will help me pay for that," Cassidy Tubaugh, a high school senior, said.
No matter what path students take after graduation, they're all taking their first steps into the 'real world.'
"The way the economy is, you can't really do anything," Justin Grahame, a high school senior, said.
But that doesn't mean he isn't' making the effort.
"I've put in some applications and I know some people who are helping me out," Grahame said.
Many students say the ideal job would be life-guarding or other outdoor occupations, but at this point they say they'll take what they can get.