Are you getting ready to launch into your final semester of college? Are you excited but a little apprehensive about the opportunities that may (or may not) be waiting for you after you graduate? Are you optimistic about the future but also concerned about your readiness for the “real world”? You’re not alone. But for you and for millions of others in a similar state, we have some good news. The summer 2016 job market may be the best since the downturn in 2008: that means more opportunities and more companies looking to hire new grads. The sunny outlook was released as part of the results of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) annual survey-based study, which is designed to gather and analyze employer perceptions of the landscape facing new graduates. Survey respondents are asked to rate two metrics: their own hiring plans for the year and their personal perception of the opportunities available to new candidates. And this year, responses on both counts are positive and promising. Employers report an 11 percent increase in the new positions they expect to offer to entry-level candidates this year. By comparison, last year’s survey predicted a 10-percent increase. And in this year’s study, 42 percent of employer respondents rated the job market as good or excellent, compared to only 18 percent last year.