The network gap is an obstacle that Scholars face before and after graduation; with a diploma in hand to showcase years of hard work, intelligence, creativity, and resilience, they find themselves struggling to land work. Part of the problem is that most jobs are never posted online, but are filled through networking. Wily Scholars lack the family networks that most of their peers use to find their first jobs. This year we will draw on the diverse connections of the Wily community to launch an annual Career Fair. We will help Scholars build relationships with people working in their fields, and find jobs and internships.
Wily Scholars have the additional burden of needing to pay for housing during school breaks, which means they cannot afford to participate in unpaid internships. All of these barriers have been compounded by the reduction of internships, work studies and jobs available due to COVID-19. Our goal is to help Scholars explore careers in a supportive environment where recruiters understand Scholars’ perspectives and the value that Scholars can provide to a team.
- At least 70% of jobs are never advertised
- 73% of young adults between the ages of 18-34 found at least one job through their social network
- 85% of jobs are filled through networking
- Early internships and mentoring increase the likelihood that students lacking a family network will land high-quality jobs
Do you have a job or internship opportunity that Scholars might be interested in? Would your company like to attend our Career Fair?