College seniors are scrambling to prepare themselves for the job search, and they expect the Career Services department to help. With a few short months before graduation and soon-due college loan payments, many college seniors will head to their university’s Career Services Office for the first time. That is their first mistake.
College officials and Purdue University/Gallup Surveys find that only 40% of college students ever visit Career Services. Of those who do, most wait until their senior year, usually far too late to make a significant positive impact on their job search. The same studies show that students who do utilize Career Services as early as freshman year are much more likely to be satisfied with the benefits and successful in finding a job before graduation.