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Career Services Follow Up Survey - Class of 2014 Executive Summary

The following pages detail the results of the Follow-up Survey for the Class of 2014. This report is a summary of the career fields and graduate schools in which members of the Class of 2014 were engaged seven to nine 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 staff in accomplishing their work objectives.

To summarize the final report, 425 of the 536 graduates reported their career status for a 82.3% return rate. This is an improvement from the 76.4% return rate for the Class of 2013. 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 15, 2014 and February 13, 2015.

Members of the Class of 2014 fared well with a total career outcome rate of 96.8%, an increase of .3% since last year. Of the 96.8%, 78.1% were primarily pursuing a career and had obtained a full-time or part-time job, 18.7% were attending graduate school either full-time or part-time as their primary function, and an additional 1.4% were pursuing other post-baccalaureate education. The percent of respondents “in transition” decreased to 3.2% from 3.5% in 2013.

The Class of 2014 saw a significant increase in full-time employment this year at 65.6% compared to 61.5% in 2013. In addition, full-time employment that was directly related to their career path increased 9.8% from last year, from 40.0% to 49.8%. Also, full-time employment that was either somewhat related or directly related to their career path totaled to 88.5%.

The Class of 2014 continues the trend of finding employment through internships, SLU alumni, SLU faculty, and their extended network. Seventy-seven percent of respondents indicated they found their job through these connections. 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 the top career field in which respondents are employed with Finance/Banking in second, and Social/Human Services in third. The top job functions performed by respondents from the Class of 2014 are Teaching/Coaching/Training, Financial Services, Sales, and Administration/Management.

The number of 2014 graduates reporting Graduate/Professional school attendance as their primary activity was 18.7%, down from 21.2% the previous year. The top three fields of study for respondents enrolled either full-time or part-time in graduate or professional school are Science and Technology, Health-Related studies, and Medicine, with Education a close fourth. Education has been the top field of study since 2008, so this is a significant change. More 2014 graduates are pursuing Health-Related studies, increasing from 7.0% in 2013 to 21.6% this past year. Law and Arts and Humanities each had 4.5% of the advanced studies total. Social Sciences, which had been the third most popular area of study in the 2013 survey, slipped to sixth place on the list this past year, and the new top area of study, Science and Technology, has risen from just 6.0% in 2011 to 27.3% in 2014.

The following detailed report contains information on the top 10 career industries and job functions, sources of obtaining employment, 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 2015


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Employed Full-Time 265 60.4%  
Employed FT Volunteer 17 3.9%  
Employed FT, Grad School PT 6 1.4%  
Employed FT Volunteer, Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Total Employed Full-Time 288 65.6%  
Employed PT 49 11.2%  
Employed PT, Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Total Employed Part-Time 49 11.2%  
Internships or research experience, unpaid 6 1.4%  
Total Primarily Pursuing a Career 343 78.1%  
Grad School FT 47 10.7%  
Grad School FT, Volunteer PT 0 0.0%  
Grad School FT, Employed FT 8 1.8%  
Grad School FT, Employed PT 21 4.8%  
Grad School PT 0 0.0%  
Other Professional Postbaccalaureate Education 6 1.4%  
Total Primarily Graduate/Professional School 82 18.7%  
Other Postbaccalaureate Education 0 0.0%  
Total Primarily Pursuing Education 82 18.7%  
Pursuing Employment or Graduate School 14 3.2%  
Final Outcome Rate 425/439 96.8%  
Total Reporting Rate: 425/536 82.3%