What Happens To Your Career Search Post Graduation

By Reid Tileston ‘15

 According to statistics from Career Services, 97.2% of the Class of 2014 had reported having accepted an offer 3 months post-graduation, compared with 89.4% who had accepted at Graduation.  These statistics make one wonder what Booth resources exist to help us navigate the next steps in our career path post-graduation. 

From when you graduate in June through to mid-September, newly-minted alums will continue to have access to all Career Services resources. At that point you are transitioned into your “Career Services For Life” access, facilitated by the team at the Gleacher Center, who are positioned to support experienced alums who are job seeking. You can continue to access many of the online databases, although there are some exceptions, but the Librarian at the Fisher CRC can advise on how to gain temporary remote access to resources such as Capital IQ and Prequin remotely if you are an active job seeker.

As alumni you will always have access to the current and expired job postings in GTS, the community directory, along with the resume databases.

For those full-time students who are still looking for gainful employment, come Spring Quarter and warmer weather job search crews will start forming. For all the first year’s readings, job search crews exist for internships as well. If you are worried that you are alone in the endeavor of looking for a job rest assured that you are in good company.. Julie Morton, Associate Dean of Career Services, recently held a program entitled “Spring Forward in your Full-Time Search”, where she shared the update that 70% of the current second year class has reported having received an offer, on par with this point in 2014.  Around 40 students attended, and there are many more who have chosen to focus their job search on opportunities that aren’t typically handed out in the Fall quarter though campus recruiting.

For those who have tied down jobs, keep in mind that according to Business Insider sometime in the next 24 months you will likely be looking for another job. Career Services notes the importance of, “staying in touch with classmates who work in industries that you may have a long-term interest in” because they can be the rest resources to network with as your career progresses.  

Talking about careers creates a sense of uncertainty, there is one thing that I can tell you for certain. When you start making a lot of money you will be hearing from the school quite often, one thing that Chicago Booth is good at it is raising money from alumni. Just ask David Booth.  

A previous version of this article contained inaccurate information.  

Reid Tileston is a second year at Chicago Booth