Contact: Aaron Ignac, WWU Career Services Center, (360) 650-3240, firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University’s Career Services Center has just released its annual Employment Survey report of recent graduates, and the results are trending in a positive direction.
The results from the class of 2011-12 survey indicate an improving job market for recent graduates as compared to the past few years of economic volatility. Bachelor’s degree recipients reported 80 percent employment within six months of graduation, compared to 75 percent the previous year. Field-related employment increased from 47 percent to 51 percent. Average starting salaries were up a significant 17 percent, increasing to $38,741 in this latest survey.
Top employers of recent Western bachelor’s degree graduates include: Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, AmeriCorps, Nordstrom, Target, Costco, Ernst and Young, Starbucks, and the Bellingham School District.
The value of internship experience was again supported by this year’s survey results. Graduates with internship experience were 23 percent more likely to be employed within their field of study, were 7 percent more likely to have a job within three months of graduation, and had a 5 percent higher starting salary.
Western’s Career Services Center is hosting a Career Fair on Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Viking Union Multi-purpose Room on campus. For more information, see the department’s website at www.wwu.edu/careers