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A study investigated the job placement success of Michigan State University students using the campus career services and placement office in obtaining a job. Data were drawn from office records and a survey of 445 graduates in 1991-92 who requested and were granted an on-campus employer interview. In that year, the 2,685 students (35 percent of graduates) requesting on-campus employer interviews averaged 14 interview requests per student. Engineering students had the highest request and interview rate. Second interviews or plant visits were afforded to 63 percent of students interviewing on-campus. Business students had the highest success rate at this stage. Of students interviewed on campus, 44 percent received a job offer, representing 14 percent of the graduating class. Business, engineering, and communication majors had the highest job offer rates. It took an average of four on-campus interviews to obtain a second interview or plant visit, and two plant visits/second interviews to obtain a job offer. Invited on-campus interviews reduced, by nearly half, the effort required to obtain a job offer. Students invited by companies to interview were more likely to be women and to have higher grade point averages than those not invited. Students who did not receive job offers through Career Services and Placement used two job search methods to find employment: mailing resumes to and contacting employers, and responding to newspaper classifieds. These methods were rated as "not very helpful" in finding employment opportunities. (Author/MSE)

Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Career Counseling, Employers, Employment Services, Higher Education, Interviews, Job Placement, Job Search Methods, Majors (Students), Student Personnel Services, Surveys

Autor: Gardner, Philip D.; Liu, Wen-Ying


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