Career Services Center Annual Report

2018-19

Note from the Director

Effie Eisses

Effie Eisses
Director, Career Services Center

We are proud to share our first “WWU Career Services Center Annual Report” with you. We recognize that our community shares our interest in the career development, and career success, of our students and alumni. The data and information provided within this report provide valuable insight about the usage, and outcomes, related to the wide range of services available through the Career Services Center (CSC). In addition to these outcomes, the CSC is proud of the unique partnerships, and processes, that were implemented during this last year. Some of these accomplishments, include:

  • Implementation of a new method for collecting data on post-graduation education and employment outcomes – greatly increasing the sample size and accuracy of results.
  • Enhancing our peer advisor program to increase their training and ability to support students utilizing Career Services.
  • Implementation of exit surveys after each student appointment to provide a holistic evaluation of our services.
  • Expanding our service to alumni – we now serve all alumni at no cost.
  • Partnering with Catering to implement sustainable practices for Career Center events, resulting in completely compostable lunches for the hundreds of fair participants we host.

We know that collaborative partnerships with our campus and community stakeholders greatly enhance our success. We want you to take advantage of the services that the CSC offers. We want to partner with you to identify, and implement, tailored career services that will continuously improve the outcomes that our Western community seeks for our students and alumni.

We hope to see you soon!

Mission

The WWU Career Services Center empowers our community to explore, to connect, and to create their future.

Vision

A world where everyone is empowered to achieve their career goals and live their best life.

 

Services and Resources

The Career Services Center serves students and alumni, helping connect academic interests and strengths with careers. Students can make an appointment to discuss career exploration and assessments, developing job or internship search strategies, preparing application materials or practicing interviewing skills.

Career Services Center Resources

Optimal Resume

This tool helps students build and edit resumes and portfolios with templates that are specific to their major.

Viking CareerLink

Students and alumni access job and internship postings through this online database. Employers and postings are approved individually and the database consists of thousands of local, regional and national organizations and opportunities. Students can setup job alerts, do research, apply for openings and be invited for on-campus interviews.

Career Assessments

The CSC offers multiple career assessments to help students identify strengths and interests. Students meet with a career counselor to interpret results and use them to develop career goals.

Mock Interviews

Mock interviews (including optional video recording) are provided to allow students to practice interview skills, obtain practical feedback and gain confidence. Rooms are also available for students who may be invited for phone or video interviews.

Appointments by Reason

 

General Job Search Strategies: 41%


PreHealth Advising: 25%


Practice Interviews: 10%


Choosing a Major: 7%


Graduate School: 5%


Career Change/Career Exploration: 4%


Internships: 4%


Assessments: 2%


Other: 2%


 

99.36% of students who visited the Career Services Center said they would recommend our services to a friend

1,158 Unique students served
130 Unique alumni served
1,821 Counseling appointments
1,483 Hours of counseling

Students by Class Year

Pie chart of Students by Class Year
  • 10% Freshman
  • 14% Sophomore
  • 22% Junior
  • 35% Senior
  • 7% Post Bac
  • 2% Grad Student
  • 10% Alumni

Employer Relations & Hiring

Employer Relations works with organizations from small, local non-profits to the largest employers in the country to connect them with Western students and graduates.

The Career Services Center hosts events each quarter to help students connect with employers and organizations to build their network, learn about careers and find internships and jobs. The Career Services Center hosted or collaborated on eight large fairs during the academic year as well as panels, networking activities, employer tabling and talks or presentations. Two graduate and professional fairs were held for students interested in furthering their education through graduate studies.

574 Internship Postings
574 Internship Postings
41 Information tables, presentations, and tech talks
524 organizations participated in fairs
3,968 students, alumni, and community members attended fairs
474 new employer accounts created
Viking CareerLink
Jobs and internships are posted by organizations in our free Viking CareerLink database and vetted individually to ensure they meet our recruiting guidelines and are a good fit for Western students.
Booths at a career fair

Career fairs bring hundreds of students together with organizations hiring for internships and jobs each quarter.

Graduate & Pre-Healthcare Advising

Anna Tognazzini

Anna Tognazzini
PreHealth & Graduate Advisor

Our Pre-Healthcare and Graduate School Advisors help students understand how to become competitive applicants in their chosen field.  Our team works with students from any major pursuing medical and dental school, as well as law school and other post-baccalaureate educational opportunities. Whether students are preparing for a career in an academic environment or for a field that requires a specific professional degree, our office provides individual academic advising, info sessions, mock interviews, and support all the way through preparing for the final application process.   
 
The annual Health and Graduate School Fair brought 47 programs representing a wide variety of graduate opportunities to campus, while our Law School Info Fair hosted 22 law schools from 11 states.

 

94% success rate for Pharmacy School applicants (compared to the national average of 65%)
54% success rate for Medical School applicants (compared to the national average of 38%)
408 appointments
314 unique students served
91 students served at drop-in advising

Pre-med advising has been an invaluable resource to me this year. The internet always seems to be filled with conflicting advice, so having a knowledgeable and friendly guide has helped immensely! Also, Anna has been so helpful with giving me advice on writing my personal statement and experiences for my medical school application - because of the career center, I think I’ll be a much better applicant!

Maria Jones
Senior, Psychology Major

Campus Presentations and Workshops

The CSC provides workshops and presentations to classes, student clubs, departments and off-campus sites to increase access and visibility to students.

In addition to providing in-person career workshops, the CSC utilizes platforms like Zoom to facilitate outreach for multiple off-campus programs and classes.

The CSC creates tailored resume building, skill identification, and career options for specific majors in numerous ‘Lunch and Learn’ and class opportunities for students.

83 Presentations and workshops for classes and clubs
1,741 students served

Outcomes

The Career Services Center produces an annual Graduate Outcomes Report to understand what students are doing after completing their degree program at Western. This year’s report includes graduates from the 2017-18 academic year and their employment status six months after graduation.

78% of graduates were employed in Washington state
Graduates with internship experience had a 9% higher employment rate and 20% higher salaries

Top 5 Employers

Western Washington University


Bellingham School District


Costco Wholesale


The Boeing Company


Target


Top 5 Graduate Schools

Western Washington University


University of Washington


Western Governors University


Washington State University


University of Oregon


 

Bachelor's Degree Graduates

Pie chart of Bachelor's Degree Graduates
  • 77% Employed
  • 12% Further Education
  • 11% Other/Seeking

Master's Degree Graduates

Pie chart of Master's Degree Graduates
  • 91% Employed
  • 5% Further Education
  • 4% Other/Seeking

Who We Are

Career Services Center staff group photo

Career Services Center Staff

(top row left to right)
Jenny Spurgin, Assistant Director, Employer Relations & Outreach
Diane Flores, Office Coordinator
Effie Eisses, Director
Britta Eschete, Office Assistant, Recruitment Services
Anna Tognazzini, Graduate & Pre-Professional Programs Advisor


(bottom row left to right)
Mindy Pelton, Assistant Director, MBA Career Services
Sandy Brown, Career Counselor
Julina Pyanoe, Career Counselor
Page Roth, Career Counselor

For more information about the Career Services Center, visit the CSC website

Peer Advisors

The Career Services Center employs a team of students trained as Peer Advisors. Peer Advisors greet and assist visitors as well as provide one-on-one appointments to review resumes and cover letters and conduct mock interviews with students. Peer advisors have also organized outreach opportunities for the office and given presentations to clubs and classes about services the Career Services Center offers.

A group of six peer advisors standing shoulder to shoulder

(left to right)
Kortney Danson
Madison Crinklaw
Haley Goodwin
Summer Sturges
Amanda Hunt
Eric Baril

I like knowing that the work I do not only helps students, but also helps instill them with confidence in their skills and abilities.

Eric

Thank You

A sincere thank you to our staff, and especially Jenny Spurgin, for leading the CSC effort to produce this report.  To University Communications and Marketing, especially Mary Gallagher, our lead collaborator, and Derek Bryson, our lead designer, to WebTech, in particular Stephanie Mason, for developing the companion website. And to Kelley Walker for his dedication and ability to collect, understand and translate data.

Thank you also to our
employer partners this year.

BECU logo

Bronze Partner

 

IDEX
Health & Science

Recruiting Partner