Career Scoop Update

What can you do with a St. Thomas degree? The First Destinations can help answer that – #USTCareerScoop

Wondering what kind of jobs you can get with your degree, which companies hire interns or full-time positions in your career field and how much money you can make?

The Career Development Center recently sent out a survey to those who graduated during the 2013-14 school year. We were able to collect activity data on 974 (70 percent) of the graduating class. We found that the overall 93.88% of the alumni were employed, attending graduate programs, volunteer service, or enlisted in the military.

The alumni who reported internship experiences while attending St. Thomas was 62.75%. The 10 most frequent organizations for students’ internships were; University of St. Thomas, 3M Company, State of Minnesota, United Health Group, Andersen Corporation, Best Buy, Target, Clear Channel, North Star Resource Group and Travelers.

Those who were employed either full-time or part-time was 80.92% with Target, 3M Company, University of St. Thomas, AmeriCorps, United States Armed Forces, United Health, Deloitte, Medtronic, Best Buy Co. and Fraser rounding out the top 10 hiring organizations.

The median salary range for the Class of 2014 was $35,001-$40,000. The median salary for each academic program or career path varies and can be found in the full report.

The complete report, which includes employers, job titles, graduate schools and state of residence, and salary by major may be viewed on the Career Development Center’s website. Hard copies of this report as well as previous reports may be requested by contacting the Career Development Center, (651) 962-6761.

We also want to remind undergraduate students that the Career Development Center continues to offer our services to alumni even after graduation.

General Information

What are staffing/temp agencies?

Staffing agencies, originally known as employment agencies, provide recruiting services to businesses that don’t have staff to find temporary or large numbers of employees for jobs and projects. To the job seeker, they are a connector to potential employment and hiring organizations.

In many cases, these agencies have access to job openings that you do not. In fact, for some career fields (especially STEM – science, technology, engineering & mathematics), this is the best and only way to get your foot in the door with major corporations.

Many staffing companies have specialty areas, including accounting/finance, science & technology, creative, sales.

Temporary agencies (‘temp agencies’ for short) are great for college students looking to get summer work experience in a business setting. Your computer skills are highly valued in these jobs. Yes, even simply Word and PowerPoint!

Other companies have full-time work for graduating seniors. Some work is permanent, some is contract-based, meaning you would work on a short-term project, then if everyone was happy, you would continue on as a permanent employee.

These agencies review your resume, interview you, help determine jobs you qualify for, then they forward you on to hiring employers and help set up interviews. In the case of temporary or contract work, your paycheck comes from them. If you work enough hours, you may even qualify for standard employee benefits.  Their services should be free to job seekers.

It’s a good job market, so these agencies have lots of jobs waiting to be filled. The Career Development Center wants to connect you with these ‘job brokers’, so come and meet many of them at the Employment Agencies Information Fair!

Mark your calendar for Convo Hour (11:30 am – 1:30 pm) on Thursday, April 9. Come to the 2nd floor of the Anderson Student Center, Campus Way. Details can be found on the Career Center’s Seminars & Events website.

Career Scoop Update

Coming up: Kick Start Your Job and Internship Search – #USTCareerScoop

Career Scoop from the UST Career Development Center

…from the Career Development Center

The Career Development Center IS open throughout the spring break. Call for available appointment or pop-in times, 651-962-6761. Have a GREAT break!

Seminars and Events this week:

Kick Start Your Job and Internship Search

This is a three-part seminar series that focuses on online and face-to-face networking, tools to find open positions, interview skills, creating/refining a resume, and how to use your strengths in presenting yourself to an employer. Registrants will take the StrengthsQuest online assessment and learn about their Top 5 Strengths and how to use those strengths in the job/internship search process.

When: Monday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 in April (4/13, 4/20, 4/27)

Cost: FREE! The StrengthsQuest assessment cost is being covered by a grant from Target Corp.

Registration: Through TommieCareers (log-in with UST NetID and password)

You must commit to attend all three seminars in order to register. Space is limited, so sign up today! For more information, please contact Kristen Murphy at