Career Services Center Annual Report
Note from the Director
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!
The WWU Career Services Center empowers our community to explore, to connect, and to create their future.
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
This tool helps students build and edit resumes and portfolios with templates that are specific to their major.
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.
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 (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%
99.36% of students who visited the Career Services Center said they would recommend our services to a friend
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.
Career fairs bring hundreds of students together with organizations hiring for internships and jobs each quarter.
Graduate & Pre-Healthcare Advising
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.
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 JonesSenior, 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.
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.
Top 5 Employers
Western Washington University
Bellingham School District
The Boeing Company
Top 5 Graduate Schools
Western Washington University
University of Washington
Western Governors University
Washington State University
University of Oregon
Bachelor's Degree Graduates
- 77% Employed
- 12% Further Education
- 11% Other/Seeking
Master's Degree Graduates
- 91% Employed
- 5% Further Education
- 4% Other/Seeking
Who We Are
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
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.
(left to right)
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
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.
Health & Science