Meagan DeGraaf – Staff Writer
When young men in ties and young women in dresses start to fill the grounds of Dordt’s campus, it’s either an average Sunday, the night of the scholarship banquet, or the afternoon of one of the Career Development Center’s (CDC) events. In the case of last Wednesday, everyone was dressed up in their business best for CDC’s Job and Internship Fair.
The percentage of Dordt College graduates employed within just a few months of graduation is very high—close to 100%, as 98.9% of Dordt’s 2016 graduates reported being in grad school or employed by the end of the year. While this isn’t unheard of, Dordt’s statistics are very encouraging in a job climate where new graduates are often expected to have three to five years of experience for an entry-level job.
It can be daunting to even begin to look at potential employers and possible careers when you’re a new freshman or even a super senior. Job options seem both highly limited and overwhelmingly abundant.
There are a lot of questions that come up when considering a future career: What field within my major should I choose? Where should I live? Do I have enough experience to get the job I’ve always dreamed of? What even is my dream job?
The CDC is made up of faculty dedicated to the students and their post-academic pursuits, and it can help answer those questions and provide further help.
The Job and Internship Fair was one of those opportunities. Twenty-five companies set up displays in the campus center and offered students a chance to talk and network. The CDC encourages students to network with potential employers, since knowing the right people can often open doors. This could be the cause of Dordt’s high post-graduation employment rate.
The CDC is open from 9-4 every weekday, and consultations are available on appointment.