For the fifth year in a row, an impressive 95 percent of Philadelphia University graduates reported employment in fields related to their career interests or graduate school acceptance, according to the Class of 2016 survey from the University’s Marianne Able Career Services Center.
The latest survey results reflect the consistent success of PhilaU graduates, who have achieved an average employment and graduate school acceptance rate of 95 percent since 2012. Read the 2016 First Destination Report here.
“PhilaU has established a phenomenal record of career success for its graduates,” said Tracy DePedro, director of the Career Services Center. “We’re committed to preparing students to enter a professional world with the skills and tools necessary to succeed.”
The accomplishments of PhilaU alumni underscore the importance of the University’s signature Nexus Learning approach to higher education. Through an active, collaborative, real-world education infused with the liberal arts, PhilaU prepares students with 21st-century skills valued by employers.
PhilaU students also benefit from the University’s commitment to industry-sponsored projects. Industry leaders, including Johnson & Johnson, Verizon and Federal Mogul, have sponsored collaborative student projects that have led to insights, innovations, commercial product opportunities and employment.
In the following Q&A, DePedro shares additional insights into the job outlook for this year’s graduates, employer trends and the services provided by the Career Services Center.
What is the job outlook for the class of 2017?
The job outlook is very positive this year. Entry-level hiring is up 8.5 percent in 2017, according to a CollegeGrad.com survey of more than 400 top entry-level employers across the U.S. The planned hiring for 2017 is the highest since the survey began more than 15 years ago.
What trends are you seeing?
We have seen an increase in on-campus interviews this year, including a record-high 84 employers participating in Design Expo on March 23. In addition, more employers are using video screening as a tool where students send in videos responding to questions the employers pose beforehand.
Besides sponsoring career fairs, what resources does Career Services provide?
Career Services offers a wide variety of resources, including individual advising on internship and job search strategy; on-campus interviews, resume and cover letter writing, portfolio guidance; mock interviews; and job and internship postings at HirePhilaU. Students who engage early and often with the Career Services Center experience greater confidence in their job search and ultimate success.
When should students start participating in job fairs or other career services?
Freshman year certainly isn’t too early to start. We teach a component of the First-Year Seminar course to ensure students know what services we provide. Sophomores take a writing seminar course for which students participate in a resume development workshop and complete a resume reviewed by our staff. Sophomores are encouraged to begin attending career fairs and employer events.
How important is PhilaU’s alumni network in connecting students to jobs and internships?
Alumni are always eager to hire PhilaU students. Many actively participate in career fairs, presentations, student projects, professional development events and on-campus interviews. Approximately 50 alumni recruited at Design Expo 2017.