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98% of 2015 WFU Grads Employed or in Grad School, New Data Shows

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by Camel City Dispatch

By Staff


New First Destination data collected by the Office of Personal and Career Development show that 98 percent of the Wake Forest undergraduate class of 2015 are either employed or in graduate school (based on 90 percent knowledge rate).

First Destination data, information collected on students up to six months after graduation, show that while more than a third of Wake Forest graduates remain in North Carolina to contribute their talents to our state, graduates also land jobs nationwide and worldwide.

“Wake Forest is committed to our students’ post-graduation aspirations, and we proactively stay connected well beyond graduation to ensure their success,” said Mercy Eyadiel, Wake Forest’s associate vice president, career development and corporate engagement. “By maintaining strong relationships with our alumni, the University builds connections and support for each new class of Wake Forest undergrads seeking to learn about and gain a foothold in various industries.”

Earlier this month, Wake Forest University was named one of 200 outstanding colleges in Princeton’s 2016 publication, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for your Tuition Buck.”

As a national model for creating a college-to-career community, Wake Forest continues to innovate and improve the programming and resources available to students that help them prepare for a lifetime of employment, not just a first job after college.

Some of the developments and programs that led to this success include:

Wake Forest Career Marketplace: Students deciding from among majors and minors can visit Wake Forest’s Marketplace to see information on entry-level job options and an embedded feed listing current career openings and internships. Lists of who to follow on social and best blogs to read in the industry are also in The Marketplace — a one-of-a-kind resource designed to connect Wake Forest students to career options that suit their passions and interests.

Career Treks: During Wake Forest’s three Career Treks, one to New York City, one to Washington, D.C., and one to San Francisco, students meet with area employers from a variety of industries, take tours, ask questions and network. In total, 122 students participated. Companies visited included: American Express Institute, Hulu and Google.

Targeted Career and Internship Information: Wake Forest continues to hone communications with students based on their interests. By leveraging career tools, such as Handshake (a career network and recruiting platform for colleges and universities) and offering tailored programs for students with specific interests, Wake students receive information on job and internships opportunities based on self-selected factors such as career interests, regional preferences and employer size.

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