Good jobs news for new grads
By Jordan Whitford
WWU Communications and Marketing Intern
Every student worries about finding a job after graduation, but the Career Services Center has good news. The job outlook is brighter for graduating students as employers report that they intend to hire more recent graduates.
Western’s annual employment survey also shows more recent graduates are finding jobs: Of the students who responded to the survey, 82 percent reported employment within six months of graduation, which is an improvement over last year’s 80 percent. Field-related jobs also rose to 53 percent from 51 percent last year.
Top employers of recent graduates include Boeing, Logos Bible Software, Starbucks, Microsoft and Nordstrom.
Graduates who had an internship while in school also found more success in the job search. Nearly 60 percent of interns are offered a job upon completing their internship, which shows that having a foot in the door can go a long way, says Aaron Ignac, assistant director of operations for Academic and Career Development Services. Also, Western graduates with internship experience found employment sooner and earned about $6,500 more than students without internship experience.
Ignac believes parents should find out what their student is interested in. “Parents should find a way to support those kinds of interests and passions,” Ignac said. “That could take the form of parents explaining their career path, as well as breaking down the illusion that as soon as their student graduates and gets a job, that that’s going to be their career forever.”
Students at Western have lots of resources at their disposal job searching. Career fairs attract upwards of 70 employers and organizations to campus several times a year. And, the Career Center has an online tool called Viking Career Link with information about job and internship postings.
The center also offers self-assessments, workshops and counseling on topics ranging from writing a great resume to navigating a networking event. Finally, students can use the Alumni Association’s online mentoring program, ASK!, to connect with alumni in particular careers.