LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) – Not all college seniors graduate in May.
Viterbo University reported a graduating class of 137 in December, 2011 and this year, Lauren Ann Rehrauer and Amy Wedlund will be among the seniors who conclude their college careers this month.
Rehrauer will graduate with a dual degree in criminal justice and organizational communication studies.
She said she is applying for jobs with the U.S. Government, as well as the two-year "Teach for America" program, which places teachers in low-income cities.
Wedlund is graduating with a degree in visual communication.
"I've applied to several places in La Crosse. I'm still waiting to hear back from them," Wedlund said. "I'm hoping to stay local, so we'll see – I'll continue my search after graduation."
Hiring is pretty steady," said Viterbo's Director of Career Services, Beth Dolder-Zieke. "It's higher in the spring, but still steady now and throughout the year."
"December's a great time to graduate," Dolder-Zieke said. "It gives you time to gather your thoughts and prepare for the spring recruiting season."
That's not the only advantage to a December graduation.
"I'll get a bit of a head start, because I'll be out there looking for jobs when a lot of other people might not be," Rehrauer said, of the smaller pool of graduates companies have to choose from in December.
Dolder-Zieke added her advice to this month's graduates in the same as to those that will walk across the stage in May.
"One of the first things we tell people looking for jobs is to network," she said. "Talk to family, talk to friends, talk to anybody," she said.
"You have the holiday season, where you're mingling with a lot of different people and it's definitely a time to get your name out there. I feel like that's a plus to this time of year," Wedlund said.
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