Success after Graduation

As the academic year comes to an end, upcoming graduates begin their focus on a professional career. 

This time often creates excitement and vulnerability. They have more questions than answers on how to make their goals a reality. The Career Development Center is here to support upcoming graduates as they become professionals. 

NACE, National Association of Colleges and Employers, reports that employers indicated they will hire 7.8% more new graduates than they in 2013. While this positive upswing is good news for graduates, our students must be prepared because they are competing with graduates all across the US. 

Meeting with the Career Development Center helps a graduate fine tune a resume, prepare for interviews, create a job search strategy, and understand how to handle job offers.

Parents can be a helpful resource to recent graduates during the time of transition. Communication with your recent graduate about expectations is a key part of balancing a successful relationship. Be clear about how long they can live at home and if they need to find a part time temporary position to help cover expenses until they land their first career. In addition, parents and families should encourage their graduate to meet professionals in their target industry, attend career transition meetings, utilize the Career Development Center, and apply to as many job opportunities as possible. Depending on the experience level of a recent graduate, they need to explore many job opportunities and not set numerous parameters about the type of job they will apply for. Also assist your graduate in identifying personal champions that can serve as advisors for them. A team of advisors can serve as important role models and discuss real life issues that often children dismiss when parents try to discuss with them. 

Though career transition takes time, graduates who take an active role in their search, have family support, and work with the Career Development Center achieve goals successfully.

Graduates may contact Monica Wentworth, Director of Career Development at or at 615-966-6296.