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Career Services Follow Up Survey - Class of 2015 Executive Summary

The following pages detail the results of the Follow-up Survey for the Class of 2015. This report is a summary of the career fields and graduate schools in which members of the Class of 2015 were engaged six to nine months after they graduated. Information collected is shared with the St. Lawrence community including University Communications, Admissions, academic departments, and University Advancement to assist other staff in accomplishing their work objectives. The annual study helps us to assess our effectiveness by capturing real outcomes; it informs future planning and areas of emphasis through the discovery of the destinations of our graduates; and it serves as a source of pride as we celebrate our graduates' successes.

In summary, 446 of the 562 graduates reported their career status for a 79.4 percent return rate. Respondents completed the sur-vey 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 were collected between early-December, 2015, and February, 2016.

Members of the Class of 2015 fared well with a total career outcome rate of 96.9 percent, similar to the 96.8 percent last year. Of the 96.9 percent, 78.4 percent were primarily pursuing a career and had obtained a full-time or part-time job and 18.4 percent were attending graduate or professional school either full-time or part-time as their primary activity. The percentage of respondents “in transition” decreased to 3.1 percent from 3.2 percent in 2014. According to the annual survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the career outcome rate nationwide for 2015 graduates was 82 percent, and, for institutions comparable in size to St. Lawrence, 90.3 percent, so our new alumni outcomes are well above national averages.

The Class of 2015 continued the trend upward in full-time employment with 66.3 percent of respondents in that category compared to 65.6 percent in 2014 and 61.5 percent in 2013. Of those, 49 percent had secured employment prior to or within one month after graduation, up from 43 percent the previous year. Ninety-five percent are either generally satisfied or very satisfied with their current employment, and 84 percent report their position is typically held by someone with a bachelor’s degree or higher, up from 82 percent in 2014.

Top career field destinations of this class include education, finance and banking, health professions and technology. Teaching/coaching/training remains the top job function with research and analysis joining sales, financial services, and customer service as other popular jobs.

Graduate and professional school enrollment, as a primary activity, held relatively steady at 18.4 percent, down slightly from 18.7 percent last year. Improving job prospects for recent graduates may deter some from immediately pursuing further education (NACE has the national average at 19 percent), but we know from previous surveys that over 50 percent of SLU graduates seek further studies within five years of graduating. Education climbed back to its top spot after having slipped to fourth place a year ago, with health-related studies, medicine, law and technology as other top fields of study. The 2015 class seems to have made fewer applications and there were fewer overall acceptances as a whole (95.7 percent acceptance rate compared to 98.1 percent in 2014).

The number of respondents who reported they had done one or more internships during their undergraduate years continues to climb, reflecting an increased focus on experiential learning as a key feature of a St. Lawrence education. Almost 70 percent of the Class of 2015 completed an internship.

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

Ronald Albertson
Director of Career Services
July 2016

 

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See the 5 year academic division and department Outcome Profile summaries.

CATEGORY

RESPONDENTS

 PERCENTAGES

CAREERS    
Employed Full-Time 295 66.3%  
Employed FT Volunteer 7 1.6%  
Employed FT, Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Employed FT, Prof/Bacc. School FT 1 0.2%
Employed FT, Prof/Bacc. School PT 1 0.2%
Employed FT Volunteer, Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Total Employed Full-Time 304 68.3%  
Employed PT 41 9.2%  
Employed PT, Grad School PT 1 0.2%  
Total Employed Part-Time 42 9.4%  
Internships or research experience, unpaid 3 0.7%  
Total Primarily Pursuing a Career 349 78.4%  
     
POSTBACCALAUREATE EDUCATION    
Grad School FT 31 7.0%  
Grad School FT, Volunteer PT 1 0.2%  
Grad School FT, Employed FT 12 2.7%  
Grad School FT, Employed PT 32 7.2%  
Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Other Professional Postbaccalaureate Education FT 5 1.1%  
Other Professional Postbaccalaureate Education PT 1 0.2%
Total Primarily Graduate/Professional School 82 18.4%  
Other Postbaccalaureate Education 0 0.0%  
Total Primarily Pursuing Education 82 18.4%  
     
TRANSITION    
Pursuing Employment or Graduate School 14 3.1%  
     
SUMMARY    
Final Outcome Rate* 431/445 96.9%  
Total Reporting Rate: 446/562 79.4%

*Data analysis excludes 1 new graduate who is neither pursuing a job or graduate study at the time of the survey.