What are grads looking for in their employers?

eyadiel.597x487It’s not uncommon to hear about what employers are looking for in grads but what are grads looking for in their employers?

Mercy Eyadiel, associate vice president, career development & corporate engagement, says “Grads are looking for a workplace that feels like an extension of the social scene — preferably in a city energized by young people. Companies that are doing ‘good’ in the world and offer leadership development programs and training are also attractive to millennials.”

“Some grads are willing to make trade-offs in earnings for more work-life balance with a recent study showing perhaps as much as $8,000 less in salary for less stress.” Mercy Eyadiel

Economics major Muggs Ibrahim is headed to Columbus, Ohio, to join Abercrombie & Fitch as a business analyst. Muggs’s family fled from Afghanistan to Pakistan when he was five years old and though the family had lost hope of coming to the United States after 9/11, their application for political asylum was approved. Muggs has attended Wake Forest as a Magnolia Scholar — a program that provides funds and support for first-generation college students.

“I wanted a position where I wouldn’t just be given a desk and asked to start working. One of the reasons I accepted the position was because of the organization’s corporate culture and leadership development for new hires,” says Ibrahim.

“Companies that are doing ‘good’ in the world and offer leadership development programs and training are also attractive to millennials,” Eyadiel says. “Matching the right student with the right job opportunity is key to launching a life long career journey.”

Eyadiel and Ibrahim are available for interviews.

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Mercy Eyadiel

Associate Vice President, Career Development & Corporate Engagement

Eyadiel’s mission is to help students discover their values and provide ways for them to translate their interests into a rewarding career.

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