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Lifelong Career Services now helps alumni

Pamplin has launched a Lifelong Career Services program to help its alumni with their career search and employers with their hiring needs. The service is free to alumni. For each graduate they recruit through the service, participating employers make a contribution toward a freshman scholarship created by the firm.

plcs-logo-condensedThe alumni hired are eligible to mentor students in the Pamplin Undergraduate Mentoring Program and are matched up with the recipients of their firms’ scholarship for mentoring.

“For years, firms have asked us to help them recruit our alumni. Simultaneously, alums ask for help finding their second or third job out of college,” says Stuart Mease, Pamplin’s executive director for student advancement and career services.

Introduced in January, the program has already attracted 18 firms as participating employers. The program can strengthen the college’s relationship with its alumni and employers, and help Pamplin differentiate itself with prospective students, he adds.

Since 2010, he says, the placement rate of Pamplin graduates has risen from 79 percent to 90 percent, while median starting salaries have moved up from $45,000 to $58,000. “This data indicates our current students and recent graduates are in high demand.”

Research shows the duration of a recent graduate’s first job out of college is 14 months, Mease says. “This generation will switch jobs every three years.”

For more information, please visit https://pamplin.careers/
Alumni interested in signing up for the service should create a profile at https://pamplin.careers/
Employers interested in participating in the service should contact Stuart Mease at smease@vt.edu, 540-231-4200.