Career and Student Employment Services at Western Michigan University offers comprehensive career development and engagement between students and employers for internships and jobs. We provide career advising, assistance with resumes, cover letters, interviewing, salary negotiation, job search strategies, job fairs, campus employment. We also deliver workshops and presentations, and report on WMU graduates' career outcomes.
Our mission is to empower students to develop the skills necessary for reaching their career goals.
HOURS AND LOCATION
- Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Campus location: 1401 Ellsworth Hall, Mail Stop 5225
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Our Core values
Students - Focus on students. Cultivate experiences that guide students towards academic, career, social, and lifetime success and happiness.
Diversity and Inclusion - Advocate for an open and inclusive campus. Be mindful of the unique perspectives and lived experiences of those who do and those who do not represent the traditional majority. Actively respect the ideas, values, contributions, and perspectives of others.
Trust and Accountability - Complete tasks with integrity, take responsibility for our actions, follow through on our commitments, and communicate respectfully about the process and outcome.
Service - Take initiative to understand, research, and offer ethical and appropriate solutions. Represent Career and Student Employment Services and Western Michigan University positively and professionally.
Collaboration - Utilize the unique talents and strengths of team members and partners; share ownership of the process and outcome.
Communication - Be open, transparent, and respectful of the ideas, values, strengths, and perspectives of others. Use active listening and seek mutual understanding.
Efficiency - Use available resources, such as data and others' expertise, to inform our decisions. Consider what is best for the whole system. Look for ways to avoid redundancy and complacency.
Career Services by the Numbers
- 6,461 students engaged in career education programming.
- 34% engaged in more than one career development activity.
- 2,831 students participated in 150 career development workshops and presentations
- 535 students participated in by-appointment advising.
- 936 students came to drop-in advising.
- 356 students were engaged with the Career Chat Kiosk.
- 93% of students were able to articulate next steps in their career competency development.
- 7,096 students engaged with 736 employers.
- 3,719 students participated in 8 job fairs with 680 employers.
- 42,282 full-time jobs were posted in Handshake.
- 10,601 internships were posted.
- 5,145 part-time off-campus jobs were posted.
- Employers rated Broncos' digital technology, critical thinking, communication, career management, and teamwork very highly.
- 6,630 students were employed on campus in 9,538 positions in 152 departments.
- 68 students were employed through Community Service Work Study.
- WMU student employees maintained higher GPA than their peers.
- Student employees retained and graduated at a higher rate than non-employees.
- Student employment was more predictive of graduation than common key indicators.
- Student employment provided opportunities for social support and mentorship.
- 80 supervisors attended the Annual Student Supervisor Summit.
- 74 student employees were nominated at the 30th Annual Student Employee Appreciation Week.
- The office conducted 936 verifications of student employment.
- 91% of WMU graduates are actively engaged in full-time, part-time jobs, full-time volunteering, military service, or continuing education soon after graduation.
- 72% Broncos are employed full time with median salaries of $45K to $50K.
- 86% have jobs related to their degree.
- 89% are satisfied with their jobs.
- 76% work in Michigan; 2% work in 17 different countries.
Experiences at WMU
- 98% had an instructor who made them excited about learning
- 90% felt that their instructors cared about them as a person.
- 70% had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue goals and dreams.
- 90% said that their education and experiences at WMU prepared them for their profession.
Goal 1: Teach students to develop and apply knowledge about self to career decision making.
Objective 1.1: Empower students to discover and articulate their VISP (values, interests, skills, and personality) and increase career clarity.
- Strategy 1.1.A: Engage students in the career development process from day one.
- Strategy 1.1.B: Develop self-aware, career-ready graduates who can articulate their value and strengths to future employers.
Goal 2: Ensure students identify, develop, and articulate transferable and job-specific skills.
Objective 2.1: Support student retention by engaging them in the career development process.
- Strategy 2.1.A: Intentionally engage underrepresented identity-based student groups in career development.
- Strategy 2.1.B: Increase experiential learning opportunities for students.
Objective 2.2: Help students articulate the career competencies employers seek in candidates.
- Strategy 2.2.A: Teach WMU student employees to articulate career competencies through career readiness certification program.
Goal 3: Assist students in successful transition after graduation.
Objective 3.1: Enhance student access to career education programming and engagement with employers to support students' post-graduation outcomes.
- Strategy 3.1.A: Implement career clusters to help students focus on obtaining the necessary knowledge, competencies, and training for career pathways of interest.
- Strategy 3.1.B: Offer relevant career development programming in a variety of spaces and formats using an integrated approach of career education and employer engagement.
Goal 4: Provide an environment conducive to learning and excellent service.
Objective 4.1: Staff engages in professional development and campus-wide service related to diversity and inclusion and student affairs priorities.
- Strategy 4.1.A: Serve on university-wide teams and participate in professional development aligned with strategic priorities.