University places 98 percent of grads in careers-here’s how

Recognize Millennials’ Economic Impact
These new members of the workforce will have a major economic impact: by 2025, Millennials will make up almost 75 percent of the global workforce and by the end of 2014, one of every three employees in the U.S. will be a millennial, notes the University. A recent survey from Bentley’s PreparedU Project examined Millennials’ attitude toward work. Among the findings: 95 percent of Millennials say they’d like to work for an ethical company and 96 percent say great health-care benefits are more important in choosing a job than frequent raises (94 percent) and promotions (82 percent).

Start from the Beginning
Bentley students begin their career exploration freshman year with a Career Development Seminar that’s taught in close collaboration with corporate partners and “lays the foundation for a lifetime of career management,” describes the University. “During the class, students start to discover their professional path with a personal and career assessment and begin to hone vital career skills during interactive lab sessions where they come face-to-face with corporate recruiters for mock interviews and elevator pitches.” The course lays the foundation for the university’s four-year approach to career services, a program called “Hire Education” which is focused on themes: Explore, Experiment, Experience and Excel.

Be Flexible Enough to Advance
The Bentley education model focuses on four key pillars: a curriculum that features a fusion of business and arts and sciences, hands-on learning, technology prowess, and career guidance.  Bentley says that these pillars help students develop a skill set that allows them to identify, create and adapt to change.  According to Executive Director of Career Services Susan Brennan, “We work closely with corporate partners who tell us over and over again that business skills help our students secure the job at their companies, but arts and sciences provide a context and broader knowledge base that helps these young professionals successfully advance throughout their careers. ”

Material from a press release was used in this report.