The recession has been tough on college students and recent graduates looking to land that first job. Rachel Brown, director of Temple's career center, said it's important to see the opportunities that are out there. "Being open to more contract work, project-based work, one term I've heard is 'the gig economy.' That's the shift that we've seen," she said. "It's not necessarily a bad shift, because if students are utilizing the skills, and they are really learning and building their brand, it can be a really wonderful thing."