Getting up to speed in today's workforce can also mean getting online. In July of 2017, the University of Alaska Anchorage's Career Center became one of 700 universities nationwide to start using a digital platform to connect students and employers.

Now, a year and a half later, staff at the center says it's changed the way students engage both with potential employers and the university. 

Handshake uses a step-by-step system to help students and alumni manage their job search, starting with a few introductory questions.

"Essentially, where do you want to work? What skills do you want to focus on in your career development?," said UAA employer relations specialist Danica Bryant.

The program then starts searching, highlighting jobs and internships that may be of interest. 

Besides allowing employers to engage with students, Bryant says Handshake has made it easier for students to get in touch with her because the program prompts them to make appointments at the UAA Career Center for things like resume reviews and mock interviews.

"Just this year, we've had over 133 appointments," Bryant said. "So it's really increased our being able to connect with our students."

According to UAA Career Exploration & Services' most recent survey of summer and fall 2018 graduates, 64 percent are currently employed. 

Bryant says UAA has more than 4,000 active employers on its Handshake account. 

UAA is also hosting an Etiquette Lunch on Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Lucy Cuddy Restaurant on campus. More information is available on UAA's website.

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