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Employers Continue to Seek Out
UW-Eau Claire Grads

 MAILED:  June 24, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - For the second straight year, 98 percent of University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates responding to a Career Services survey have indicated that they are either employed or continuing their education a year after graduation.

Sixty-nine percent of 2001-02 graduates responded to the survey. Eighty-four percent of respondents reported they were employed full or part time, and 14 percent reported they were continuing their education. Less than 1 percent reported they were seeking employment.

"Employers keep coming back to UW-Eau Claire because of the outstanding reputation of our graduates," said Jeanne Skoug, Career Services director. "I hear over and over from employers that our graduates enter the work force with excellent communication skills, the ability to work as effective team members, leadership qualities and a sound work ethic."

The number of employers contacting Career Services for internship and employment recruitment purposes has increased by 40 percent over the past three years, Skoug said, and the general economic downturn during the past year did not slow that increase.

"A lot of employers that have cut back their recruitment efforts at other campuses have continued their relationship with UW-Eau Claire," she said. "This institution does an excellent job of preparing students for their life after college."

An important part of that preparation is providing students with internship experiences, Skoug said. Through Career Services, 572 UW-Eau Claire students participated in professional internships during the 2001-02 academic year, and that number increased to 612 for the 2002-03 academic year, she said.

According to research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, students who participate in internships earn better grades when they return to the classroom, have more employment options when they graduate, receive higher salary offers from their first employers and enjoy greater job satisfaction than their inexperienced peers.

For many students, internships lead to full-time employment, often with the employers for whom they worked as interns.

"Surveys show that for most employers, internships are their most effective recruiting tool," Skoug said.

Members of the 2001-02 class are employed in a wide range of fields and have assumed such job titles as public health nurse, special education teacher, environmental consultant, actuarial analyst, police officer, reporter, Web developer and English teacher. Those continuing their education attend more than 40 colleges and universities, among them George Washington University, Northwestern University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, 441 of 684 graduates responded to the Career Services survey. Of the respondents, 287 were employed full time, 38 were employed part time, 103 were continuing their education, and 13 were seeking employment. No information was available for 243 of the graduates.

In the College of Business, 354 of 500 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 316 were employed full time, 15 were employed part time, 12 were continuing their education, and 11 were seeking employment. No information was available for 146 of the graduates.

In the School of Education, 199 of 276 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 142 were employed full time, 32 were employed part time, 25 were continuing their education, and none were seeking employment. No information was available for 77 of the graduates.

In the School of Human Sciences and Services, 101 of 147 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 71 were employed full time, 12 were employed part time, 18 were continuing their education, and none were seeking employment. No information was available for 46 of the graduates.

In the School of Nursing, 86 of 117 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 78 were employed full time, 6 were employed part time, 2 were continuing their education, and none were seeking employment. No information was available for 31 of the graduates.

In addition to on-campus interviews and internship programs, employers can recruit UW-Eau Claire graduates and students as employees or interns through the Blugold CareerLink. For more information call Career Services at (715) 836-5359.
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Updated: June 25, 2003