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Do What You Are (Myers-Briggs)
Come to Career Services in the Long Student Center, and we’ll instruct you on the test-taking process.
Strong Interest Inventory
Looks at individual strengths, aptitude and characteristics and matches students to with potential majors and occupations.
Valuable for identifying personal strengths. Learn about yourself and your strengths to determine a major and find the perfect career.
What Can I Do With This Major?
Handshake Job & Internship Board | A Totally Personalized Experience
Use this customizable online tool to discover new opportunities, connect with great companies and nonprofits, and showcase your best self to employers.
Based on the preferences that you set, Handshake will show you the type of internships and jobs you are qualified for and that might interest you. Browse by location, industry, and many other categories based on what you are looking for.
- Discover awesome jobs and companies, both in the Midwest and across the country.
- Connect with employers and apply for jobs directly through Handshake.
- Customize your dashboard and “favorite” jobs that you’re excited about.
- Schedule appointments directly with Career Services staff if you want to go over your application materials or anything else career or calling related.
If you are a current student at the Baldwin City campus, you already have an account in Handshake—all you need to do is activate it! Roll out to other Baker University campuses is coming soon.
Director of Career Services & Community Outreach | 785.594.8435
Originally from Mission, Kansas, Gary earned bachelor of science degrees in social science and political science from Emporia State University in 2004 and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University in 2008. He serves as president of Kansas Association of Colleges and Employers. Gary is driven to serve and guide students through the collegiate experience and provide opportunities for them to identify and claim their next steps.
What Are the Benefits of an Internship?
- An internship enables a student to integrate on-campus academic study with off-campus work experience.
- It gives the student a chance to explore career choices and make more informed decisions about career goals.
- An internship allows the student an opportunity to gain practical experience through on-the-job challenges and opportunities by blending knowledge gained from academic studies with real-world applications.
- Internships enhance a student’s marketability.
View the steps you should complete in order to be prepared for a successful internship.
Remember: Before submitting it to Career Services, an Internship Agreement must be completed and signed by the following:
- Faculty sponsor
- Work supervisor
1. Enroll for an internship during the appropriate enrollment period with the Office of the Registrar.
2. Visit with Career Services to do the following:
- Prepare a resume and have it approved.
- Prepare sample questions for your internship interviews and possibly do a mock interview.
- Obtain additional employer contacts. Internship leads come from many sources including Career Services vacancy listings and contact information, career fairs, on-campus interviews, faculty, friends, and alumni.
3. Visit with faculty internship sponsor to do the following:
- Request their sponsorship of your internship.
- Design an academic project.
- Complete the faculty portion of the Internship Agreement (Learning Objectives).
4. Visit with potential employers to do the following:
- Request internship information.
- Interview for an internship.
- Establish employer’s job description, goals, and expectations.
- Negotiate offers and have employer complete and sign employer sections of the Internship Agreement.
The internship experience should be related to the student’s academic area and cannot be a work position that he or she has previously held. Students are not allowed to participate in an internship with a relative acting as his or her supervisor. To be eligible for the Internship, a student must be at least a sophomore (completed 30 credit hours or more).
NOTE: All internships are taken on a pass/no credit basis — not for a letter grade.
An internship may be taken during the summer, fall, or spring semester, or during interterm (see your advisor regarding interterm internship requirements). Variable credit is given, with the standard being 1 academic credit for 40 working contact hours. Students may gain up to 12 credits during their undergraduate years at Baker University through the College of Arts of Sciences and the School of Education undergraduate program.
The faculty sponsor and the student will determine the number of credit hours after a design of the academic project is complete.
- During the fall or spring semester, internships are part of a student’s regular course load.
- During the summer, students enroll in the appropriate number of credit hours at a reduced tuition cost of $200 per hour (up to 3 hours).
- Students are responsible for the corresponding per-credit-hour tuition cost.
The Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge program affects student learning by expanding the basic internship.
BOOK Participants Report Greater Satisfaction With Their Internship Experience
In this optional, above-and-beyond effort, interns interview managers, department heads and even CEOs, asking questions that impress employers and intensify their learning experience. Interns look deeper into the organization and research the history, mission, and structure of the company.
Once the internship is completed, students create and present a PowerPoint report to judges who are professionals and alumni in the community. A cash award is given to the winner.
“As we continue developing the BOOK program, it is becoming an integral part of Baker’s experiential learning,” says Dr. Kevin McCarthy, chair of the Department of Business and Economics. “An internship alone no longer distinguishes a college graduate from other job candidates. However, the BOOK program does have that potential.”
All Baker interns are encouraged to participate in the BOOK competition. Recent winners have majored in computer science, biology, psychology, communication and business.
For more information, contact Gary Handy, Director of Career Services & Community Outreach.
GRAD SCHOOL INFORMATION
Is grad school right for me?
Read this article if you’re considering grad school.
How can I find out about the grad school programs out there?
Can I earn a graduate degree from Baker University?
How can I afford grad school?
How do I write a personal essay?
Where can I find testing information?
GRE (Graduate Record Exam)
LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admissions Test)
DAT (Dental Aptitude Test)
PCAT (Pharmacy College Admissions Test)
Are there other helpful sites?
What timetable should I follow?
- Research graduate programs.
- Review books about graduate school.
- Talk to your adviser and favorite professors about graduate school.
- Register to take standardized graduate admissions test for your field.
- Contemplate key people to ask to write letters of recommendation.
- Finalize list of graduate programs and request application materials.
- Begin to research forms for financial aid and assistance.
- Take standardized admissions tests.
- Begin drafting personal statement and essays required of graduate programs.
- Complete applications forms.
- Request all transcripts be sent to graduate schools.
- Ask for letters of recommendation or distribute recommendation forms.
- Set up an APPOINTMENT at least three weeks in advance with professor/faculty you would like to write a recommendation. At that meeting, provide them with the following:
- Your resume.
- A stamped/addressed envelope(s) to each school you’d like them to send their letter to.
- Details on the school(s) you’re applying to and why you are interested.
- Follow up with the professor/faculty in two weeks to make sure everything is completed.
Finalize personal statements and essays tailored to each graduate program after getting feedback on them from Career Services, your adviser, professors and key professionals.
Mail completed applications, only after carefully proofreading all materials.
Follow up with all graduate programs to make sure your application is complete.
Consider visiting your top graduate school choices.
March & April
Notify each graduate program that accepted you of your intentions.
JOB SEARCH RESOURCES
Other Job Search Resources
Job Search Websites
Search for jobs on one of the many online job search websites. Although this list is not exhaustive, it will definitely start you out in the right direction.
Federal Government Jobs
With employment opportunities in almost every field imaginable, the federal government provides options. Search for jobs on the USA Jobs Website and read the information below regarding applying for a government job.
Helping Job Seekers Land Federal Government Jobs
With nearly one-third of all federal employees (nearly 1.9 million employees) eligible to retire in the next four years and new federal jobs being created as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the federal government is looking to hire a significant number of people.
Brooke Bohnet, associate manager for education and outreach with the Partnership for Public Service (PPS), offers the following tips for landing a job with the federal government:
- Plan ahead—The application process itself can take time. To improve a your chances of getting a job, allow plenty of time to thoroughly complete the application.
- Select carefully—Applications tailored for specific jobs that are a good match for your skills and talents will be more successful than sending out a standard resume for many jobs. Read about building your federal resume and how to determine whether you are a good fit for a job, before you apply.
- Prepare for a wait—It can take weeks to months before you will hear back about your application, and during this time there may be little or no communication from the agency. Every federal job requires a background check before the agency can make a job offer. If the position is related to national security, you will be instructed to complete the security clearance process once you receive an offer. Apply for positions without security clearances about four months before their start date and six to eight months in advance for national security related positions.
- Follow up with the agency—Contact the identified representative to learn the status of your application or to find out more about a job about a month after the closing date or, if the closing date is extended, about a month after you turned in your application.
The Partnership for Public Service’s Web site—gogovernment.org—offers a variety of information on federal job and internship opportunities, as well as resources to help job seekers understand where jobs are in government that fit their needs and interests and tools to help them navigate the federal application process.
“We also encourage career services professionals and job seekers alike to visit the Web sites of individual federal agencies to learn more about specific agencies that they may be interested in applying to/working for,” says Bohnet.
To find job openings, Bohnet advises job seekers to visit the federal government job Web site—www.usajobs.gov.
Jobs with the federal government are attractive because of competitive salaries, a solid benefits package, meaningful and challenging work, and opportunities for advancement and professional development. (For more details, go to www.makingthedifference.org and click on Why Federal Service.) Still, most job seekers don’t know that these positions are available across the country and across the industry spectrum.
“More than 84 percent are not in the metro D.C. area,” Bohnet notes. “Also, there are federal jobs available for virtually all backgrounds and interests, from architects to zoologists and everything in between.”
Bohnet says that the lack of jobs in other sectors of the economy has certainly made government an attractive option, but the economy alone is not driving increased interest in federal jobs.
“President Obama’s call to service has also been a factor in getting more young people to consider job opportunities with the federal government,” she explains, “as has increased focus on the federal government as a solution to some of our nation’s most pressing issues.”
Before the fair
At Least One Month Before the Career Fair
Get Your Resume Ready
- Visit Career Services to learn about resumes and have yours professionally reviewed.
- Obtain a list of the companies participating in the career fair so you will know how many resumes to bring.
- Buy a quality portfolio to keep your resume straight and easy to retrieve.
Plan & Prioritize
- Review the list of participating employers for the career fair.
- Make a list of employers you definitely want to meet, and create a list of maybes in case you have extra time at the fair.
- Don’t pass up an employer because you already think you know what they’re looking for – you may miss out on an opportunity.
- Surf the Internet or visit Career Services to learn basic information on each company that interests you – find out what each company specifically needs.
- This research will help you know how to best sell your skills to each specific company.
Prepare Your 30-Second Commercial
Employers are busy at career fairs and need to evaluate you in a short amount of time. During your commercial accomplish the following:
- Introduce yourself by providing your name, major and university.
- Using the research you’ve done, explain your interest in the organization.
- Relate your history and skill set to the employer’s specific needs.
- Mention relevant experience you’ve had, such as internships, jobs, leadership experiences.
Practice your commercial numerous times. Try it out on a Career Services staff member.
Prepare to Answer & Ask Questions
- Recruiters at the fair will ask questions like the following:
- What kind of work are you looking for?
- What strengths and skills can you offer our company?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- Prepare professional responses to these questions.
- Ask questions of the recruiter as well to impress them with your serious interest.
- Ask about specific job responsibilities.
- Ask how the position fits into the overall organization.
- Ask how you can learn about company openings and opportunities in the future.
During the fair
At the Career Fair
Dress the Part
- You will be judged by the first impression you make – appearance counts!
- Dress professionally.
- Suits are suggested for both men and women.
- Be classic rather than trendy.
- Skirt suits are fine, but watch hemlines.
- Be conservative – go light on makeup, jewelry, funky hair and especially cologne or perfume.
- Wear professional, but comfortable shoes – you’ll be on your feet all day.
- Check in at the registration table and get a name tag.
- Obtain a list of participating employers and a map of the booths if possible.
- Take care of last-minute appearance touch-ups.
Take Advantage of All Employers
- Most students don’t make the most of career fairs because they visit too few employer tables.
- If an employer is not advertising an opening in your area, ask them for the name of someone in their company who works in the department or area in which you’re interested.
- Call or send a resume to this new contact.
- Long lines will abound, so make the most of your time and visit other employers while you wait for some lines to shorten.
- Keep in mind you will only be speaking with each employer for three to five minutes.
Approach Each Employer With Confidence
- Listen while you’re standing in lines – you can learn a lot about the company and available positions by listening to what is being said to people in front of you.
- As you approach the recruiter, make good eye contact, smile and give them a firm handshake.
- Introduce yourself with your 30-second commercial.
- Be professional at ALL times.
- Explain why you are interested in the company.
- Sell your skills and interests.
- Be enthusiastic about the company – SMILE.
- Focus on what you have to offer the company, not what they can do for you.
Take the Initiative
- Always ask for a business card so you can follow up.
- If the recruiter doesn’t have a card, write down the correct spelling of his or her name, title, address, phone number and email address.
- Ask the recruiter the best way to follow up to learn about current opportunities.
- Take any available company literature and immediately make notes about the conversation you had with the recruiter.
After the fair
After the Career Fair
Write a Follow-up Letter or Email
- Within three days, write a separate letter or email to each employer you visited, thanking them for their time – you’ll be sure to stand out because many students don’t take the time to do this.
- Written letters should be printed on quality stationary.
- Thank the recruiter for the information he or she provided (BONUS POINTS – use the notes you took to mention specific things you enjoyed speaking with them about).
- Restate your skills and qualifications and request an interview.
Be Persistent in Following Up With Employers
- Your resume will serve as a reminder of your qualifications, but don’t rely on the recruiter to contact you after the fair.
- Identify specific positions you would like to learn more about, and contact the employer by phone within two weeks of the fair.
- Initiative is impressive – it’s key to obtaining an offer from a career fair employer.
Dos & Don'ts
Career Fair Dos & Don’ts
- Be professional, enthusiastic and confident at ALL times. The person you meet in the bathroom may be a recruiter you see later in the day!
- Explore every company that catches your interest.
- Take breaks – you’ll need them!
- Make notes about each visit immediately after speaking with a recruiter.
- Focus on what you can bring to the company.
- Spend as much time as you need at the career fair – don’t rush.
- Immediately give your resume to an employer in lieu of introducing yourself.
- Chew gum.
- Expect the recruiter to control the conversation.
- Hang out with friends where employers can watch you.
- Ask about salary – let the recruiter bring it up.
- Bring friends or family to the fair with you.
- Hesitate to strike up conversations – recruiters are eager to meet you!
How You Can Help Your Student
Some of the most valuable things parents can do to help a student with career planning are to be open to ideas, try to help your student find information and reserve judgement. Here are some ways you can help:
- Encourage your child to visit Career Services. Reassure your student that Career Services is not just for seniors, and meeting with a career counselor can take place at any point (and should take place frequently) in his or her college career.
- Advise your student to write a resume. Suggest your student get sample resumes from Career Services. You can review resume drafts, but recommend that the final product be critiqued by Career Services.
- Challenge your student to become occupationally literate. Encourage him or her to research a variety of interesting career fields and employers.
- Allow your student to make the decision. It’s okay to make suggestions about majors and career fields, but let your student be the ultimate judge of what’s best.
- Emphasize the importance of internships. Having relevant experience in the job market is critical. A strong recommendation from an internship supervisor can often tip the scale of an important interview in that applicant’s favor.
- Encourage extracurricular involvement. Part of experiencing college life is to be involved and active outside the classroom. Interpersonal and leadership skills—qualities valued by employers—are often developed in extracurricular activities.
- Teach the value of networking. Introduce your student to people who have the careers or jobs that are of interest. Encourage your student to shadow someone in the workplace to increase awareness of interesting career fields.
- Help Career Services. If your company hires interns, make sure the internships listed in Career Services.
What To Expect Year By Year
What to Expect for Your Student’s Freshman Year
Your student will be involved in assessing his interests and abilities. They will do this through finding success (or failure) in courses they take, involvement in campus activities, and being exposed to new ideas and experiences. Here’s what you can do to help:
- Support your student’s interest in exploring new areas of study.
- Remind your student of the areas of ability that he or she has demonstrated consistently.
- Talk with your student about the courses and activities he or she is enjoying.
- Support your student’s involvement in campus activities but urge them to balance them with his or her coursework.
What to Expect for Your Student’s Sophomore Year
During the sophomore year, students begin to explore majors and career options more seriously. What’s your role in your student’s sophomore year?
- Don’t insist upon a decision about a major or possible career choice immediately. Urge your student to seek assistance from the Career Services.
- Suggest that your student talk with faculty and career advisers about potential choices.
- Don’t worry if your student chooses to major in something you consider “impractical.” Liberal arts studies sharpen skills which are critical to the “package” employers are seeking: strong written and oral communication skills, problem-solving skills, and excellent research skills.
- Suggest your student learn a foreign language and develop computer skills. Both of these skills will be helpful in today’s market, no matter what career field your student chooses.
- Direct your student to family friends, or colleagues who are in fields your student is interested in. Informational interviewing is extremely helpful at this stage. Career Services offers events throughout the year where current Baker students can learn more about career fields from recent Baker alumni and employers.
What to Expect for Your Student’s Junior Year
At this point, it is important for students to experiment with possible career options. This is a critical time for your support. Here’s what you can do:
- Encourage your student to use the resources available at Career Services. We can assist your student in preparing a good resume and assist him or her in finding opportunities to test his or her career choice.
- Emphasize to your student the importance of gaining exposure and experience in his or her field of interest.
- Internships in some very competitive fields may be nonpaying. Discuss your financial expectations with your student before an Internship commitment is made.
- Don’t conduct the internship or summer job search for your student. It’s great to provide names of people who may be helpful, but making contact for your student deprives them of an important learning experience and makes a poor impression on the future employer.
What to Expect for Your Student’s Senior Year
The senior year is a time when your student will be heavily involved in more advanced courses and have more responsible roles in campus activities. This is also the time your student will begin his or her job search. Here are some ways you can lend support:
- Suggest that your student visit Career Services. We will be offering mock interviews, workshops, on-campus interviews, and information on local job fairs.
- Don’t call potential employers to intervene for your student. This is your student’s responsibility.
- Be prepared for the ups and downs of the job and graduate school search. Not every desired job or acceptance will come through.
Graduate Survey Reports
The Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation.
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Education Undergraduates
The 2017-2018 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 170 of the 201 graduates, which constitutes 85% of the graduating class.
Of the 170 graduates that survey information was collected from, 100% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions:
- 25% (42) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools.
- 71% (121) are employed in full-time positions.
- 4% (7) are both employed and continuing their education.
From the respondents’ information, 23 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2017-2018 Baker University graduates. The universities accepting graduates include Avila University, Baker University, Bellevue University, Briarcliff University, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Emporia State University, Johns Hopkins School of Education, Kansas City University of Molecular Biosciences, MidAmerica Nazarene University, Midland University, Mount Allison University – New Brunswick, Canada, New York University, Oxford University – England, Rockhurst University, University of Colorado – Colorado Springs, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Minnesota – Mankato, University of Missouri Kansas City Dental School, University of St. Mary, University of South Dakota, and Wichita State University.
A sampling of employers hiring 2017-2018 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education graduates includes Black & Veatch, Burns & McDonnell, CBIZ MHM LLC, Cerner Corp., Deloitte, Kiewit, Lockton, Prudential, Sprint, Textron, and the U.S. Senate.
2016-2017 Grad Survey Report
College of Arts & Sciences
School of Education Undergraduates
The 2016-2017 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 146 of the 170 graduates, which constitutes 86% of the graduating class.
Of the 146 graduates that survey information was collected on, 99% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions.
- 16% (23) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools.
- 83% (121) are employed in full-time positions.
- 2% (3) are both employed and continuing their education.
- 1% (2) are not seeking employment.
From the respondents’ information, 17 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2016-2017 Baker University graduates. The universities accepting graduates include Baker University, Ball State University, Cleveland Chiropractic College, Creighton University, Florida Atlantic University, Institue Catholique de Paris, Kansas State School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Arkansas, University of Kansas Medical Center, University of Kansas Medical School, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, University of Missouri, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, University of Missouri School of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Washburn University School of Law.
A sampling of employers hiring 2016-2017 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education undergraduates includes Cerner Corp., Deloitte, Edward Jones, Ernst & Young, FDIC, KPMG, SPX, Sporting KC, UMB Bank, U.S. Supreme Court, Lockton.
2015-2016 Grad Survey Report
College of Arts & Sciences 2015-2016 Graduates
The 2015-2016 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 137 of the 150 graduates, which constitutes 91.3% of the graduating class.
Of the 137 graduates that survey information was collected on, 99% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions.
17.5% (24) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools.
74.5% (102) are employed in full-time positions.
7.3% (10) are both employed and continuing their education.
Less than 1% (1) is seeking full-time employment.
From the respondents’ information, 16 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2015-2016 Baker University graduates. The universities accepting graduates include Baker University, Creighton University, Emporia State University, Gonzaga University, Marquette University School of Law, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Texas Women’s University, University of Central Missouri, University of Indianapolis, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Pharmacy, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of Nebraska College of Law, University of Wyoming, Washburn University School of Law, and Western Illinois University.
A sampling of employers hiring 2015-2016 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and School of Education graduates includes BKD, Black & Veatch, Cerner Corp., Disney Corp., FDIC, Grant Thornton, Kiewit, KPMG, Lockton, Oncimmune, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, St. Luke’s Health System, Sporting KC, State Street, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
2014-2015 Grad Survey Report
College of Arts & Sciences 2014-2015 Graduates
The 2014-2015 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 132 of the 149 graduates, which constitutes 88.5% of the graduating class.
Of the 132 graduates that survey information was collected for, 99% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions:
- 19.6% (26) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools.
- 77% (103) are employed in full-time positions.
- 1.5% (2) are both employed and continuing their education (also included in the statistics above).
- Less than 1% (1) is seeking full-time employment.
From the respondents’ information, 16 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2014-2015 Baker University graduates. A sampling of the universities accepting graduates include Emporia State University, Kansas State University, Rockhurst University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kansas, University of Kansas Pharmacy School, University of Kansas School of Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City, University of North Texas, University of Northern Colorado, University of St. Mary, University of Texas at Austin, Washburn University School of Law, Western Illinois University, Wichita State University, and Baker University. A sampling of employers hiring 2014-2015 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and Undergraduate School of Education graduates includes U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Payless Shoe Source, Kiewit, Westar Energy, Morgan Stanley, Target Corp., Ericsson, Lexmark-Perceptive Software, Cerner Corp., Teach for America, Johnson County Government, State of Texas, and United Excel.
2013-2014 Grad Survey Report
College of Arts & Sciences 2013-2014 Graduates
The 2013-2014 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 147 of the 167 graduates, which constitutes 88% of the graduating class.
Of the 147 graduates that survey information was collected for, 98.6% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions:
- 23% (34) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools
- 75.5% (111) are employed in full-time positions
- 4.8% (7) are both employed and continuing their education (also included in the statistics above)
- Less than 1% (1) is seeking full-time employment
- Less than 1% (1) is neither employed nor seeking full-time employment or continuing education
From the respondents’ information, 20 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2013-2014 Baker University graduates. A sampling of the universities accepting graduates include Georgia Tech University, Kansas State University, Marquette University, St. Louis University, Texas A&M University, University of Aberdeen in Scotland, University of Arkansas, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Medicine, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, Vanderbilt University and Washburn University School of Law.
A sampling of employers hiring 2013-2014 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and Undergraduate School of Education graduates includes Bert Nash Community Health, Burns & McDonnell, Cerner Corporation, Hershey Corporation, KPMG, Miami Seaquariam, Perceptive Software (Lexmark), Waddell & Reed.
2012-2013 Grad Survey Report
College of Arts & Sciences 2012-2013 Graduates
The 2012-2013 Graduate Survey Report is based on information reported within six months of graduation by 151 of the 193 graduates, which constitutes 79% of the graduating class.
Of the 151 that survey information was collected on, 97.4% continued their education or accepted full-time career positions:
- 21.9% (33) are continuing their education, most often through graduate or professional schools
- 77.5% (117) are employed in full-time positions
- 2% (3) are both employed and continuing their education (also included in the statistics above)
- 2.6% (4) are seeking full-time employment
From the respondents’ information, 21 professional and graduate school programs accepted 2012-2013 Baker University graduates. A sampling of the universities accepting graduates include American University in Washington, D.C, George Mason University, Texas Christian University, The Ohio State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Kansas, University of Kansas School of Law, University of Kansas School of Medicine, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Dentistry, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Washburn University School of Law, Webster University in Vienna, Austria, Wichita State University.
A sampling of employers hiring 2012-2013 Baker University College of Arts and Sciences and Undergraduate School of Education graduates includes BKD, Cerner Corporation, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Kiewit, KPMG, Lockton Companies, Peace Corp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, State Street.
Internship Information for Employers
Baker University makes considerable effort to provide students with the information, services and experiences that will enable them to have a competitive edge when they seek permanent employment. This is accomplished through Career Services and the Career Involvement Program.
The Career Involvement Program enables Baker students to integrate on-campus academic study with off-campus work experiences that are related to educational plans and needs. The experience should be related to the student’s academic area and cannot be a work position that they previously held. Students are not allowed to participate in internships with relatives acting as supervisors. To be eligible to participate in the Career Involvement Program, a student must be at least a sophomore (30 or more credit hours earned). All internships are taken on a Pass/No Credit basis, not for a letter grade.
An internship may be taken during the summer sessions, fall or spring semesters, or Interterm. Variable credit is given during the summer or a semester, with the standard being 1 credit for 40 working contact hours. Students may earn up to 12 hours of internship credit during their undergraduate years at Baker. Faculty sponsors work with interns to determine the number of credits for which the student should register, the level of internship (e.g., lower college or upper college), learning objectives and evaluation criteria. Faculty occasionally visits employers and interns on-site during the internship. Employer feedback is encouraged and appreciated.
To complete enrollment for internships, students must type and complete the Career Involvement Agreement form, and confirm their enrollment through the Office of the Registrar. The completed and signed agreement must be turned in to Career Services, and the student must meet with a career counselor for verification and approval before the internship. Students must document hours worked plus complete all evaluation criteria required by the faculty sponsor. Credit must be earned during the actual work experience. Past employment cannot be presented for credit.
Posting Jobs & Internships Online
Post job openings, advertise internship opportunities and, with approval, view student resumes – all for free. Handshake is a valuable resource for employers.
Go to the Handshake employer login for access to the following:
- Search student resumes
- Schedule interviews on campus
- Request an on-campus information session
NOTE: Individuals and families may not post on Handshake but may submit fliers to post on the Career Services bulletin board. We recommend also posting on care.com, a free resource we recommend to students who are seeking part-time positions for individual care and assistance.
Principles for Ethical Professional Practice (2017) from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).
Professional Standards for University Relations and Recruiting from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) (pdf will open in new window)
Visiting Baker's Campus
Help Baker Students
Come speak to current Baker students about life in the “real world.” We have many opportunities for employers to share their wisdom and experiences. You are a valuable source of knowledge to our students – talk about the company you work for, your specific job, your job search experience or how your specific major has helped you in the workplace. Conduct informational interviews for students looking to enter your specific career area. Conduct mock interviews to help students prepare for the real thing. Contact Career Services with presentation ideas – we would love to speak with you.
Interested in interviewing Baker University students for current openings at your company? Schedule it through Handshake.
Keep Us Informed
Know of anyone who would like to speak with Baker students or who could be a valuable career mentor? Let us know.
Contact UsBU Career Services
Long Student Center, 2nd floor
Baldwin City, KS 66006
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Gary Handy, Director
How Career Services Can Help Faculty
Career Services is continually seeking ways to partner with Baker faculty to benefit our students. Through these collaborations, students benefit as they expand their knowledge and resources for career options, as well as internship and other experiential learning opportunities. We can share the most current information of potential employers and career options related to your major and field of expertise. We can also share current graduate school choices and requirements to provide optimal benefits to students.
Let us conduct a workshop for your class when you are out of town. Class time that would otherwise be can be extremely valuable for your students and provide an important venue for sharing Career Services.
Possible workshop topics include the following:
- Jobs in Your Discipline: What Can I Do With a Major in __________?
- Internships: Finding the Best One for You
- Preparing for Interviews and Negotiating Job Offers
- Job search letters
- How to attend career fairs
- The “hidden job market” and networking
- Researching organizations
- Qualifications and skills needed in the workplace
- Information about the services we provide to job seekers
We can assist students with general preparation for graduate school applications, such as identifying and articulating their academic and experiential strengths. Along with faculty and advisors, we provide direction and feedback on personal statements and can conduct mock interviews for students preparing for graduate and med school interviews. Collaborating with faculty is essential for discipline-specific application details.
How Faculty Help Career Services
Thank you for helping us complete our Graduate Survey information. If you keep in contact with Baker alumni, please share that information with us. Any alumni contact information is greatly appreciated.
Director of Career Services & Community Outreach
Long Student Center, 2nd floor
P.O. Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006
Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.