Recent WWU grads having more luck finding first jobs

The job market for recent Western Washington University graduates is improving, according to the school’s annual employment-survey report, the latest version of which was recently released by WWU’s Career Services Center.

Eighty percent of bachelor’s degree recipients from the WWU class of 2011-2012 reported finding jobs within six months of graduation, compared with 75 percent from the previous year. Field-related employment increased from 47 percent to 51 percent.

Average starting salaries for recent WWU graduates jumped 17 percent to $38,741, in the latest survey.

Top employers of recent WWU bachelor’s degree graduates include: Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, AmeriCorps, Nordstrom, Target, Costco, Ernst and Young, Starbucks and the Bellingham School District.

The value of internship experience was again supported by this year’s survey results. Graduates with internship experience were 23 percent more likely to be employed within their field of study, were 7 percent more likely to have a job within three months of graduation, and had a 5 percent higher starting salary, according to the report.

WWU’s Career Services Center will host a Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, in the Viking Union Multipurpose Room on the university’s campus. For more information, visit

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