According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) employers overwhelmingly prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience (75% according to 2014 NACE Job Outlook) or some type of experience even it not directly relevant to job at hand. It is increasingly important for younger students to tap Career Center resources so they are aware of and ready to pursue one or multiple internships before their senior year.
The most popular major requested by employers recruiting via The Career Center continues to be “all majors”. Employers are interested in the skills a candidate has gained both in- and outside of the classroom. Top qualities sought by employers recruiting at The Career Center in 2013-14 include: verbal communication, problem solving, analytical, teamwork, initiative, and leadership skills.