According to a 2014-15 survey by Western’s Career Services Center, 91 percent of participants with a bachelor’s degree found employment within six months of graduation, and 61 percent were related to their field.
The survey found Western graduates have a slightly higher chance of finding a job than the national average. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 89 percent of college graduates aged 20-24 found employment in 2015 across the country.
Of the 225 recent graduates from the College of Business and Economics who responded to the survey, 71.1 percent found a job related to their field within six months. Humanities and social sciences had 498 respondents with 49.2 percent finding jobs within six months. Within the art major alone, 52 respondents out of 87 were able to get hired within their field.
Reid Collum, a junior majoring in theatre, said the survey was reassuring.
“I think the whole point of being in college is having no idea what you’re going to do with your life,” Collum said. “For all I know, I could end up somewhere in Russia.”
Collum grew up in Spain, but believes he has better odds of finding a job in the United States rather than across the Atlantic. Finding employment is a challenge for younger job-seekers in Spain, Collum said.
“A few years ago, I believe the figures were 50 percent of unemployment for young people,” Collum said.
Junior Seth Bixler, a management information systems major, chose to attend the fall career fair to look for ways to bolster his resume.
“That’s what I look forward to, I don’t expect anything other than finding something in my field.”
“I’m going to start with internships; I have some job shadows that are going to be set up within the next month or two. I definitely want to be in the [information technology] type field, but I’d like to have a career set by the time I’m out of school,” Bixler said.
Bixler, who will be 19 when he graduates, believes he will find a job in management information systems because he would already have three years of work experience.
“That’s the dream,” Bixler said, in relation to getting a field-related job. “That’s what I look forward to, I don’t expect anything other than finding something in my field.”
Western Alumni Association’s Executive Director Deborah Dewees said the alumni association can help students prepare for jobs by helping with portfolios and resumes. The association is focusing on ensuring students know the association is a resource to help build connections.
“Our whole mission, quite frankly, is to be an asset to students as they look towards graduation,” Dewees said.