February 5th, 2013
Pressure builds for schools to help grads get jobs: This high-tech place in which Flynn finds herself so often is the Office of Career and Professional Development at Wake Forest University, where she’s a junior majoring in classical studies and German. The career center has moved upstairs from the basement of a building in the center of the campus into a new 7,000-square-foot space, and its staff has grown from seven to 30 with the help of $8.5 million raised from parents and alumni. “If we’re going to justify the value of a higher education, we’re going to have to provide students with the skills they need to compete in the economy,” says Andrew Chan, Wake Forest’s head of career services. Two years after beefing up its career office, Wake Forest can tell prospective applicants that barely 5% of its students are unemployed within six months of graduating.