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Student Career Prospects Look Promising for 2016

A recent study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that companies plan to hire 11% more college grads from the Class of 2016 than they did last year. This is excellent news for our Northwood University students, 350 of whom participated Wednesday in our annual Career Expo. The Career Expo is a forum for undergraduate, DeVos Graduate School and Adult Degree Program students to network with recruiters from across the country. The event drew 94 vendors – about 25% of which were alumni – in pursuit of full-time employees, co-ops and interns. Twenty-two companies remained on campus after the event to conduct on-campus interviews.

Wednesday’s outstanding turnout is a good indicator that our economy is shifting to a more positive, growth-oriented atmosphere. According to the Annual Hiring Survey by DHI Group, Inc., 60% of respondents anticipate hiring more people in the first half of 2016 vs. the second half of 2015.

This means the Northwood Career Advancement Center, host of the Career Expo, will be busy matching our students with some of these promising jobs. This year the Career Center expects to work with 500-600 students on career planning, resumes, mock interviews, etiquette dinners and workshops, representing a 35% increase over the last academic year.

We wish our students all the best as they begin this process of landing a dream job, and thank the outstanding staff of the Career Advancement Center for helping make those dreams come true.

Have a great weekend!


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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