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Career Services Follow Up Survey - Class of 2013 Executive Summary

The following pages detail the results of the Follow-up Survey for the Class of 2013. This report is a summary of the career fields and graduate schools in which members of the Class of 2013 were engaged seven to ten months post graduation. The survey is an important component of Career Services’ efforts to understand the kinds of work and graduate programs new graduates are interested in pursuing. The information is also shared with the St. Lawrence community including University Communications, Admissions, and University Advancement to assist other staffs in accomplishing their work objectives.

To summarize the final report, 404 of the 529 graduates reported their career status for a 76.4% return rate. This is slightly lower than the 78.9% return rate for the Class of 2012. All respondents completed the survey on-line or over the phone with a Career Services staff member. Graduates were mailed a postcard with the survey site address, and subsequent follow-up was conducted through personalized emails and phone calls. Career Services also collaborated with faculty, other administrative staff, and coaches asking them to contact non-respondents to have them complete the survey. Data was collected between December 13, 2013 and March 11, 2014.

Members of the Class of 2013 faired well with a total placement rate of 96.5%, an increase of 2.4% since last year. Of the 96.5%, 75.3% were primarily pursuing a career and had obtained a full-time or part-time job, 20.7% were attending graduate school either full-time or part-time as their primary function, and an additional .5% were pursuing other post-baccalaureate education. The percent of respondents “in transition” decreased to 3.5% from 5.9% in 2012 (a 2.4% drop).

The Class of 2013 saw a significant increase in employment results from networking with personal contacts. Specifically employment resulting from contacts with alumni rose 9.4% from last year, from 12.4% to 21.8%. In addition, the Class of 2013 noted increases in gaining employment through both internships and networking with personal contacts. Approximately 21% of respondents indicated they found their job through their internship—a 6.3% increase from last year. These figures highlight the need for students to engage on multiple levels with faculty, alumni, and employers and to participate in internships during their time at St. Lawrence. Education remains as the top career field in which respondents are employed with Finance/Banking in second, and Sports/Recreation in third. The top job functions performed by respondents from the Class of 2013 are Teaching/Coaching/Training, Sales, Customer Service, and Research/Analysis.

Graduate/Professional school attendance (as the primary activity) remained fairly steady this year at 20.7%. Education, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences were the top three fields of study for respondents enrolled either full-time or part-time in graduate or professional school, with Medicine and Arts and Humanities a close fourth. 57% of survey respondents attending graduate school chose to study in one of these top three areas, while an additional 9.3% chose Health or Arts and Humanities. It is interesting to note that while Health-Related was the third most popular field last year, this year it came in low on the list in sixth place. It is also noted that there was a significant drop in those pursuing Law which dropped by 4.9% in attendance since last year.

The following detailed report contains information on the top 10 career industries and job functions, sources of obtaining employment, salary information, a sampling of jobs, a breakdown of graduate school attendance, a sampling of graduate and professional school programs, and internship information.

Carol L. G. Bate, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Student Life and Director of Career Services
July 2014

CATEGORY RESPONDENTS  PERCENTAGES

CAREERS

   
Employed Full-Time 232 58.4%  
Employed FT Volunteer 10 2.5%  
Employed FT Grad School PT 2 0.5%  
Employed FT Volunteer Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Total Employed Full-Time 244 61.5%  
     
Employed PT 44 11.1%  
Employed PT Grad School PT 2 0.5%  
Total Employed Part-Time 66 11.6%  
     
Internships or research experience, unpaid 9 2.3%  
     
Total Primarily Pursuing a Career 299 75.3%  

POSTBACCALAUREATE EDUCATION

   
Postbaccalaureate Education        
Grad School FT 47 11.8%  
Grad School FT Volunteer PT 0 0.0%  
Grad School FT Employed FT 6 1.5%  
Grad School FT Employed PT 25 6.3%  
Grad School PT 1 0.3%  
Other Professional Postbaccalaureate Education 3 0.8%  
Total Primarily Graduate/Professional School 82 20.7%  
     
Other Postbaccalaureate Education 2 0.5%  
     
Total Primarily Pursuing Education 84 21.2%  

TRANSITION

   
Transition - Pursuing Employment or Graduate School 14 3.5%  

SUMMARY

   
Final Outcome Rate 383/397 96.5%  
Total Reporting Rate: 404/529 76.4%

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