Investing in Our Job Hunt
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 02:09
Most Georgetown students would characterize their senior-year job hunt as more than a little nerve wracking. Especially in the early fall, when the vast majority of recruiting occurs, the Cawley Career Education Center is an invaluable service in both dealing with stress and landing a job. These roles make its current constrictions especially unfortunate.
According to the post-graduation survey conducted by the career center, 41 percent of Class of 2012 students who obtained immediate full-time employment went into two fields: financial services or consulting. Undoubtedly, many more expressed interest in them. Despite this demonstrated interest, the career center dedicates only two advisers out of a staff of 16 to the business field, which covers financial services and consulting, among related fields.
Demand for sessions with these two advisers is currently so high that the four daily walk-in slots are often filled mere minutes after the center opens at 9 a.m. This shortage of available appointments — and the necessity of strategizing just to obtain one — is an unnecessary inconvenience in the already tight schedules of Georgetown seniors. The high quality of aid and information available at these business-oriented sessions logically drives up demand. But if this demand is so high, supply needs to increase. There are two ways in which this can happen.
The first is to hire another adviser dedicated to these popular industries. Though the university is financially restricted and has been cutting departmental budgets, this should not impede it from allocating salaries where they are desperately needed, and rewarding departments — like the Career Center — that are performing well.
Second, because much of students’ demand is for relatively straightforward resume and cover letter concerns, the Career Center should consider hiring MBA candidates or other graduate students assist them on a part-time salary. This would free slots for students who seek more strategic high-level advice on how to navigate the recruitment process.
While it is not the university’s responsibility to land jobs for its seniors, its staff should provide as much support and guidance as possible. The career center performs its duties well, but in this case, we need more of a good thing.