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Release Date Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WalletHub Taps Sawyer for Recent Grad Advice in Newest Report

RAPID CITY, S.D. (June 14, 2016) – SD Mines’ Darrell Sawyer, Assistant Vice President for Student Development, Career & Professional Development Center, was recently featured in a WalletHub study about 2016’s best and worst cities to start a career. Below is his Q&A.

How important is the city one chooses to start a career?

Where a job is located can have a big impact on a person’s overall satisfaction with their job and their life outside of work! If both the job and the city are a “good fit,” that individual is more likely to be retained by the employer.

What tips do you have for job seekers who are applying for jobs in a different city?

Before accepting a job in a certain location, check out the culture and environment of the city to see if one’s interests outside of work can be met, whatever those priorities might be – outdoor recreation, arts and music, nightlife, restaurants, etc.

What can city policy makers and corporations do to attract and retain recent graduates?

In addition to affordable housing and low crime, city policy makers and corporations should pay attention t the outside-of-work interests of recent college graduates – nightlife, outdoor recreations, bike paths, parks, etc.

What can young job applicants do to get an edge?

Demonstrate that they are well-rounded individuals in addition to having expertise in their subject area and also exhibit the skills of an emerging professional in areas such as communication, leadership, teamwork, openness to diverse cultures, integrity, and invovlement n community service. In addition, a strong work ethic and a positive “can-do” attitude will set them apart from other applicants.

Do you have any tips for turning an entry-level job into a long, successful career?

Demonstrating the characteristics I mentioned in the previous questions – work ethic, positive attitude, leadership, openness to diverse cultures, etc.

What is the biggest career mistake that young people make?

Thinking that it’s all about them and not taking into consideration the bigger pictures sometimes.

See the full report of 2016’s Best & Worst Cities to Start a Career.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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