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Employers Seek Out
UW-Eau Claire Grads
MAILED: June 20, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — Ninety-eight percent of alumni responding to a Career Services' survey have indicated that they are either employed or continuing their education a year after graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
"More employers than ever are recruiting UW-Eau Claire students for internships and full-time jobs," says Jeanne Skoug, Career Services director, noting that the increase comes at a time when schools across the country are reporting dramatic decreases in campus recruitment activity.
"The number of employers contacting our office is up 37 percent from a year ago," Skoug said. "Given the economy, employers are being careful to make the right hire. They have confidence in our students and graduates so they're seeking them out."
Skoug said the combination of a broad-based liberal arts education with communication and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently or to lead or be part of a team make UW-Eau Claire students outstanding new hires.
In addition, most UW-Eau Claire graduates have had some type of internship or practicum experience, and employers like to hire students with that on their resumes, Skoug said. About 80 percent of employers who hire interns offer them full-time positions.
Members of the 2000-01 class have found jobs as teachers, registered nurses, certified public accountants, Web developers, music therapists, advertisers and reporters. Those who are continuing their education attend more than 50 institutions, including such places as Carnegie Mellon University, Syracuse University, University of California-Berkeley, Mayo Foundation and UW-Madison Medical School.
The 2000-01 employment survey is based on a 67 percent response rate, or 1,103 responses from the 1,654 graduates. Of those responding, 97 percent of the College of Business graduates, 98 percent of the College of Arts and Sciences graduates, and 99 percent of the College of Professional Studies graduates reported they were working or continuing their education.
Overall, 85 percent of those responding reported they were employed full or part time, 12 percent were continuing their education and less than 1 percent said they were seeking employment.
In the College of Arts and Sciences (714 graduates), 322 of the 448 survey respondents were employed full time, 28 were employed part time, 90 were continuing their education, and eight were seeking employment.
In the College of Business, 290 of the 432 graduates were employed full time, three were employed part time, three were continuing their education and eight were seeking employment. No information was available for 128 of the graduates.
In the School of Education (291 graduates), 152 of the survey respondents had full time jobs, 24 were working part time and 26 were continuing their education. Information was not available for 86 students.
In the School of Human Sciences and Services (123 graduates), 60 of the respondents were employed full time, three part time and 14 were continuing their education. Two were seeking employment, and no information was available for 44 of the graduates.
In the School of Nursing, 59 of the 94 graduates were working full time, two were working part time and two were continuing their education. No information was available for 31 of the graduates.
In addition to on-campus interviews and internship programs, employers can recruit employees or interns online through the Blugold CareerLink. For more information, check the Web at www.uwec.edu/admin/career/ and go to Employers Guide, or call Career Services at (715) 836-5359.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: June 20, 2002