Cincinnati—Where Xavier Students Launch Careers

Xavier students have a leg up on their peers at other colleges when it comes to finding a job after graduation. Here’s why:

A total of 63 Fortune 500 companies with ties to Cincinnati, including eight with headquarters in the city, work closely with Xavier to help students prepare for their careers and find jobs.

And the chances are good that students will find a position. In 2016, Forbes magazine named the Cincinnati-Middletown area as the top up-and-coming city for recent college graduates. Plus WalletHub ranked Cincinnati among the top medium-sized college towns for academic and economic opportunities.

Xavier wants students to be able to take advantage of all these potential employers in their midst, says April Robles, senior assistant director at Xavier’s Career Development Office. They help students make the important connections and gain the experience needed to land that first important job. Xavier's success matching students with potential employers is evident in the University’s 98-percent placement rate for graduates who are either employed, going to grad school or in a volunteer position within six months of graduation.

It’s all about developing and maintaining relationships, she says. Through a rich network of alumni at companies across the region and faculty who are in touch with alums and who also remain active in their professions, Xavier students have multiple resources to tap into when working seeking internships or jobs.

“We have a great reputation for producing solid, engaged employees who are representative of the students we send their way,” she says.

Our success shows in the numbers:

• Last year, more than 700 Xavier students were paired with 650 mentors who help with career preparation and networking.
• 1,668 students—nearly 40 percent of undergraduates—visit the Student Success Center and Career Development Office each year for coaching, career advice and employment opportunities.
• 92 percent of graduating seniors participate in some form of experiential education including service learning, research, internships or field experiences.
• About 3,500 companies and organizations interact with the Career Development Office through Hire A Muskie, where students sign up to find employers offering internships and jobs.
• There are 63 Fortune 500 companies with Cincinnati locations that are in regular contact with the office—including eight headquartered here—posting new internship and job opportunities for students. They also attend career fairs, offer job-shadowing opportunities and participate in workshops to help with resumé writing, interview skills and mock interviews.
• Xavier hosts four Career Fairs each year—Fall Career Fair, Big East Virtual Career Fair, Spring Career Fair, Education Career Fair—giving students ample opportunity to connect with potential employers.
• Each fair is sponsored by local companies. The Fall 2017 Career Fair’s sponsors are Enterprise Rent A Car Holding, Fifth Third Bank, Luxottica, Procter & Gamble, Skylight Financial Group and Protective Life Corporation. 

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