The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Career Services are working to ensure college students’ transition into the workforce is smooth.
Through a job search and transition into the workforce workshop last week, students learned how to write resumes and cover letters, as well as interviewing etiquette, with a special focus on issues that may arise for underrepresented students entering the workforce.
Kirk Bixler, assistant dean of students and director of career services, said he noticed many students want to work in proximity to where they chose to go to college. He said several Franklin College graduates look for companies with a small, family atmosphere opposed to huge companies.
One of Franklin’s biggest preparers is a series of mock interviews that happen in the fall and spring semester, Bixler added.
“This year, we will have about close to 200 students that do mock interviews just through career services, and I know that they do them through some of the other departments,” Bixler said.
For Franklin’s 2016 graduating class, 71 percent are full-time employees, 18 percent are attending graduate school, while about 11 percent of the class is either part-time, still seeking employment or doing something else.
Bixler said that recent success for Franklin students stems from the involvement of the faculty in preparing students for jobs.
“As I talk to my colleagues at other schools, they can’t get their faculty members to help them out to do anything, and here, very routinely, faculty will suggest that students go to different events,” Bixler said. Senior Wil Gosser said his major departments prepared him for getting a job.
“Business and economics taught me how to problem solve and work extremely hard to find the answers and solutions I need to succeed in the classroom, which will transfer to a job nicely,” he said. “Internships also helped me prepare for a job after college, as well.”
And programs like this are working — 95 percent of 2015 and 2016 Franklin College graduates are employed or attending graduated schools.
Of the college’s 196 graduates last year, high percentages of students went into the education field, the sales, marketing and banking fields, or social and community service fields.