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Career Services Follow Up Survey - Class of 2012 Executive Summary

The following pages detail the results of the Follow-up Survey for the Class of 2012. This report is a summary of the employment and continuing study in which members of the Class of 2012 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 shared with the St. Lawrence community to assist colleagues in advising students and in accomplishing their work objectives.

To summarize the final report, 429 of the 544 graduates reported their career status for a 78.9% return rate. This is 2% higher than the return rate for the Class of 2011. 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 and coaches asking them to contact non-respondents to have them complete the survey. Data was collected between December 17, 2012 and March 10, 2013.

According to the Michigan State University Recruiting Trends Survey for 2011-2012, published in Fall 2011, “This market has more moderate expectations, especially at the Bachelor’s degree level, than the more exuberant market of last year. Bachelor’s degree holders and MBAs will both experience a 5-7 percent increase this year. . . ” (p. 7).

Contrary to the research predictions, members of the SLU Class of 2012 saw a dip (1.9%) in their total placement rate to 94.1%. Of the 94.1%, 72.6% were primarily pursuing a career and had obtained a full-time or part-time job (down 5.6%), 20.8% were attending graduate school either full-time or part-time as their primary function (up 3%), and an additional .7% were pursuing professional post-baccalaureate education (up .7%).

The majority of respondents from the Class of 2012 found full-time employment through some form of networking. Nearly 14% of newly employed graduates found their employment through an internship, and participation in Career Services off-campus recruiting events and on-campus interviews accounted for 10.2% of how new graduates secured jobs. Education remains as the top career field in which respondents are employed with Finance/Banking in second, and Retail/Wholesale in third. The top job functions performed by respondents from the Class of 2011 are Teaching/Coaching/Training, Sales, Administration/Management, and Customer Service.

The overall (not only as primary activity) number of new graduates continuing in school rose from 18.5% to 22% (up 3.5%). Education, Science & Technology and Health were the top three fields of study for respondents enrolled either full-time or part-time in graduate or professional school, with Social Sciences a close fourth. Fifty-four percent (52.9%) of survey respondents attending graduate school chose to study in one of these top three areas, while an additional 12.5% chose Social Sciences. It is interesting to note that with the exception of Education, none of these fields were on the top list for the previous years’ graduates.

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



Employed Full-Time 200 47.3%
Employed FT Volunteer 14 3.3%
Employed FT Grad School PT 11 2.6%
Employed FT Volunteer Grad School PT 3 0.7%
Total Employed Full-Time 228 53.9%
Employed PT 66 15.6%
Employed PT Grad School PT 2 0.5%
Total Employed Part-Time 68 16.1%
Internships or research experience, unpaid 11 2.6%
Total Primarily Pursuing a Career 307 72.6%


Postbaccalaureate Education
Grad School FT 48 11.3%
Grad School FT Volunteer PT 0 0.0%
Grad School FT Employed FT 8 1.9%
Grad School FT Employed PT 26 6.1%
Grad School PT 0 0.0%
Other Professional Postbaccalaureate Education (new) 6 1.4%
Total Primarily Graduate/Professional School 88 20.8%
Other Postbaccalaureate Education 3 0.7%
Total Primarily Pursuing Education 91 21.5%


Transition - Pursuing Employment or Graduate School 25 5.9%


Final Outcome Rate 398 423 94.1%
Total Reporting Rate: 429/544 78.9%

For additional information, see our Outcomes Profiles for academic divisions.