Think Career, Not a Job

The Journey to Career Readiness at Eastern Washington University

December 13, 2023

As your students embark on their Winter Break at Eastern Washington University, it’s only natural for you to wonder about their future and the value of their education. In this blog post, I aim to express the importance of engagement and career readiness and how these aspects contribute to a fulfilling and successful future for your student.

The EWU Experience

EWU is more than just a campus; it’s a vibrant community that fosters personal and academic growth. From faculty experts to a variety of extracurricular activities, EWU provides a holistic educational experience. Please encourage your students to take advantage of these opportunities, explore their passions, and build a strong foundation for their future.  The start of Winter quarter is an opportunity to try something new.

Power of Engagement

While academic achievement is crucial, employers also value soft skills such as communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. Campus involvement, through co-curricular activities and leadership roles, serves as the perfect environment for the cultivation of these essential skills. The ability to collaborate effectively, communicate persuasively, and adapt to challenges are attributes that transcend the classroom and are highly sought after in the workforce. Engagement is a key element in a student’s journey toward success.  See Eagle Sync to learn more about co-curricular opportunities.

Career Readiness

Engaging in career-connected learning experiences offers students the chance to explore various career paths within their chosen field of study. By immersing themselves in internships or industry-related projects, students gain firsthand insights into the day-to-day responsibilities of professionals in their desired field. This exploration not only refines their career goals but also helps them make informed decisions about their future endeavors.

EWU is committed to preparing students not just for graduation, but for life beyond college. The university provides career services, workshops, and resources to guide students in developing essential skills such as communication, critical thinking, and adaptability. Emphasize to your students that the journey to career readiness starts early, and the university is there to support them every step of the way. Visit EWU Career Center to learn more.  

Building a Network

One of the greatest assets a student can gain at EWU is a strong professional network. Encourage your students to connect with alumni, faculty, and industry professionals. Networking opens doors to mentorship, internships, and job opportunities, creating a valuable support system that extends beyond graduation day.  The EWU Alumni Association and Career Center have partnered to create the Eagle Career Network which connects students, alumni, and community members.

Lifelong Impact

The value of an EWU education extends far beyond the diploma. Engaged and career-ready graduates contribute positively to their communities, industries, and the world. By instilling a passion for lifelong learning and a commitment to excellence, EWU prepares students not just for a job but for a fulfilling and impactful career.

In the ever-evolving landscape of higher education and the competitive job market, the need for campus involvement and career-connected learning experiences is essential. As college students prepare to step into the professional world, the holistic development fostered by these experiences equips them with the skills, knowledge, and confidence needed for success. By actively engaging in both realms, students lay the foundation for a well-rounded and fulfilling academic and professional journey.

As parents and family members, your role is critical in supporting and encouraging your students throughout their educational journey. By emphasizing the significance of campus engagement and career readiness, you empower your students to make the most of their time at EWU and lay the groundwork for a bright and successful future. Go Eags!

Josh Ashcroft, AVP Campus Life