June 13 – A website dedicated to assisting recent college graduates with their career choices has named Millikin University the top Illinois college for helping students land jobs.
In ranking Millikin as No. 1 in Illinois, Zippia looked at the employment levels for all college graduates 10 years after students had earned their degrees and identified the school with the highest placement rate in each state.
Last year, 99.2 percent of Millikin graduates either secured employment or continued their education within six months of graduation, according to a university news release touting the Zippia ranking.
“Millikin’s rating by Zippia as number one in the state of Illinois when it comes to graduates getting a job is not a surprise to those of us who see the annual data showing that virtually all of our new alums each year are working or in graduate school shortly after graduation,” said Dr. Jeff Aper, Millikin Provost.
“The first commitment in our mission statement is to prepare students for professional success. The data we gather annually attest to our success in meeting that commitment, and the recognition by Zippia is further confirmation of how the hard work of faculty, students and staff at Millikin pay off in very concrete ways for our graduates.”
Pam Folger, Millikin’s director for Professional Performance, said planning for post-graduate life “begins day one of the college experience.”
“That includes learning to own your career,” she said. “Students gain an understanding that it is their life, their journey, and they are in the driver’s seat. This includes seeking out and engaging in career-building experiences, such as Performance Learning, through the curricular and co-curricular early on. These career-building experiences give our students the confidence to pursue their dreams, and the confidence to succeed.
“One of the reasons our students are career ready is because of the strong connections to faculty and staff. There is a supportive environment that challenges students to aspire to excellence and to reach for their dreams.”
Folger offers job seekers a piece of advice regarding one of the most important assets in the search process.
“Build your network, in person and online, and utilize it to network your way to a job,” said Folger. “Reach out to your network for informational interviews to learn more about what they do.
“A genuine curiosity in another’s career will often lead you to expand your knowledge about career paths that may be a good fit for you. … Also, ensure that your online identity aligns with who you are, and who you want to be, as a professional.”