Many May Grads at U.Va., Lots of Job Offers, Good Signing Bonuses
-- And Stress
28, 2000 -- More and more graduating students at
the University of Virginia start their final year with job offers
in hand and, as graduation draws near, many report multiple job
offers. Many students report as many as 10 job offers.
early job offers, almost unheard of just a few years ago, are often
being extended to students completing internships. Recognizing that
internships offer a good way to identify fresh talent, companies
are increasingly extending internships to students early in their
academic careers. Students now begin internships as early as their
with majors in commerce, English, cognitive science, math and biology
appear to be especially successful in securing early job offers
through internships, according to Hilary Kerner, Extern coordinator
in the University Career Services Office who is in charge of experiential
a September program for McIntire
School of Commerce students, almost all the students indicated
that they had completed internships and had received offers of full-time
employment from their intern employers," said Sloane Akos,
recruiting coordinator in U.Va's Career
majors this year include anything in the technical/financial area
such as accounting, economics, information technology, finance,
computer science, management information systems and systems engineering.
technology consulting is such a hot new field that IT firms are
actively recruiting students majoring in English and government
and foreign affairs, partly because graduates in computer-related
fields are scare," Akos said.
grads-to-be report multiple job offers from telecommunications companies,
consulting firms, financial institutions and manufacturing firms
in the aerospace, automotive, chemical and electrical fields. Systems
engineering and computer science are two of the hottest majors within
U.Va.'s School of Engineering
and Applied Science.
education, prospective teachers in special education, math, science
and foreign language are particularly in demand, according to Gigi
Davis-White, an assistant director who works with students in U.Va.'s
Curry School of Education. In the intense competition to gain new
teachers, school districts started offering contracts -- with signing
bonuses -- to May graduates as early as November. Representatives
from public school districts, private schools and alternative education
entities are beefing up their recruitment efforts.
majoring in architecture are receiving offers from all kinds of
organizations -- large firms, small independents, non-profits, government
and consulting, according to Toby Emert, director of Architecture
the most surprising salary offers to date have been extended to
teacher education majors. Because teacher-ed. grads are in such
demand, school districts are offering salaries in the $40,000s to
May graduates with master's degrees. Undergraduate engineering grads
are receiving offers in the low $50,000s.
in U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce are receiving salary
offers from $36,000 to the mid-$50s. Undergraduate commerce students
majoring in information technology and finance are seeing offers
as high as the $60s, according to Tom Fitch, director of Commerce
arts graduates are seeing offers in the mid- to upper $30,000s.
Architecture majors are receiving offers ranging from the high $20s
highest bonuses are among engineering majors, where $10,000 seems
to be the norm. Teacher education grads-to-be continue to receive
bonuses -- a phenomenon not seen before last year. Commerce majors
continue to receive bonuses, ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Liberal
arts majors have reported bonuses as high as $5,000.
continue to conduct on-grounds recruiting at U.Va. in record numbers.
The number of recruiters has grown by 20 percent in the last two
years, according to Akos. More than 325 firms have held more than
7,000 on-campus interview sessions so far this academic year. More
than 40 percent of the recruiters are U.Va. alums.
are conducting on-Grounds visits earlier in the academic year, Akos
reports. For example, the Big Five accounting firms conducted interviews
during the last week in September. Recruiters from engineering firms
made offers as early as mid-November, and management consulting
and engineering firms started conducting interviews early in the
Career Services Office is experiencing increasing interactions with
dot.coms and information technology start-up firms, according to
Jim McBride, University Director of Career Services. To date about
five dot.com companies have conducted on-Grounds recruiting. Representatives
appear very interested in recruiting liberal arts majors.
few dot.coms have contacted our office in need of fast hires, and
we encourage them to consider third-year students for internships,"
skills recruiters seek in U.Va. students are leadership, critical
thinking, good communications, organization skills, an understanding
of team collaboration, and ability to carry a full load, Akos reports.
"Recruiters want students with a good understanding of what
the job entails and realistic expectations of what they will be
doing," Fitch said. "They also want graduates who will
hit the ground running, with little need for training."
Can Bring Stress
multiple job offers and early push for commitment can often subject
students to a great deal of stress, Fitch noted. "Career counselors
have a hard time relating to students receiving multiple job offers
since it's certainly a different situation than when we graduated,
advises students juggling multiple offers to investigate firms'
training opportunities. He also encourages students to evaluate
their interest in the industry and the lifestyle they would lead
if they took the position offered.
more information, contact any of the following:
about specific majors can be directed to the following:
education majors, Gigi Davis-White, (804) 924-8912 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
students, Thomas Fitch, (804) 924-7986 or email@example.com;
students, CJ Livesay, (804) 924-3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
arts majors, Adrienne Alberts, (804) 924-8907 or email@example.com;
majors, Toby Emert, (804) 924-6460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
about students going to graduate business, medicine or law schools
can be directed to Thomas L. Pearce, preprofessional advisor, at
(804) 924-8900 or email@example.com.
Ida Lee Wootten, (804) 924-6857