Advising, outreach activities are up at Academic and Career Development Services
More students are turning to the Academic Advising Center for help, according to year-end statistics provided by Academic and Career Development Services.
The Academic Advising Center received 4,111 visits from 2,776 students in 2011-12, an annual increase of 19 percent and 17 percent, respectively. The increase may be due to students' concern about graduating on time and entering a competitive job market, says Aaron Ignac, assistant director of operations for Academic and Career Development Services. Students are lately more willing to seek help and use university resources, he says.
ACDS is seeing growth in other areas, including:
- Viking CareerLink, the Career Center's online networking tool for finding jobs and internships, has grown 83 percent since it was introduced in 2010. The website now has 1,690 registered employers and 4,838 registered students and alumni. An average of 550 job and internship openings are available on the site each day.
- More outreach to students who are veterans. A new website (http://www.careers.wwu.edu/veterans_resources.shtml) provides online resources while a career counselor visits the Veteran's Services Office each week to provide career services such as resume checks, job search strategies, interview advice, etc.
- The Career Center now offers an online planning tool, "Focus," (http://www.careers.wwu.edu/FOCUS2.shtml) to help students explore their personal interests and strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields.