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Xavier Magazine | March 24, 2017

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Serving a Career

The job market may be wreaking havoc on graduating seniors’ plans for employment, but it’s having the opposite effect on non-profit organizations. This year, for instance, Xavier’s Career Services Center received 31 applications for positions with Teach for America, compared to 24 last year. Only five students were offered positions, reflecting how competitive the jobs have become. Teach for America reports an overall 42-percent increase in applications this year—the largest number ever. Xavier students selected for jobs say the process was grueling, but worthwhile, and that many more positions are still available with smaller, lesser-known groups. “The level of competition for this position was rigorous,” says graduate Laura King, who accepted a two-year position with Teach for America in Phoenix. “There was a written essay application, a phone interview, and then a full-day, in-person interview.”

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