Class of 2018 Cites Strong Career Outcomes Results | St. Lawrence University

Class of 2018 Cites Strong Career Outcomes Results

St. Lawrence University’s supportive alumni network combined with transformative academics and a strong job market led to more than 95 percent of recent graduates being employed or attending graduate school less than one year after graduation, an outcome rate that has remained steady for the last several years.

The Career Services Follow-Up Survey asked St. Lawrence University’s Class of 2018 what they were doing seven to 10 months after 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 Class of 2018 reported that 80 percent of graduates were employed less than one year after graduation, an increase of 3 percent over last year. Of those, 92 percent of respondents reported being satisfied or very satisfied with their work, and 82 percent reported that their work was related to their desired career path. Overall, mean salaries for 2018 graduates increased to nearly $45,000 per year, an 8 percent increase over the Class of 2017.

Of those employed, more than one-third of respondents reported finding fulltime work prior to graduation, another testament to internship, research and other experiential educational opportunities afforded to St. Lawrence students. St. Lawrence’s Laurentian network—including alumni, parents, faculty and staff, and through SLU Signature Career Programs—was incredibly influential for graduates for finding employment. Nearly two-thirds of graduates reported seeking employment through the Laurentian community.

“As in years past, the University’s exceptional outcome rate reflects the vitality of a St. Lawrence liberal arts education, one which includes experiential learning such as internships with alumni and research collaboration with leading faculty,” said President William L. Fox. “Employers and graduate schools seek candidates who are strong writers, skilled public speakers, inquisitive learners, and also those who think of themselves as global citizens.”

The top-career paths for 2018 graduates included finance, education, technology, health care and services, travel and tourism, and advertising and public relations. Top job functions within these industries included sales, teaching/coaching/training, financial services, administration/management and research/analysis.

Meanwhile 16 percent of graduates were attending graduate school, including Harvard University, Boston University, Northeaster University, Syracuse University, and the University of Vermont, just to name a few.

Careers Services reported that 100 percent of the Class of 2018 took part in some kind of experiential learning experience while attending St. Lawrence, including 71 percent who took part in an internship and 80 percent who had a research experience. The number of graduates who studied off-campus was 65 percent while 81 percent participated in community service.

The 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges ranked St. Lawrence’s alumni network No. 3 in the nation for a second year in a row. The Princeton Review’s most recent publication, Best 385 Colleges: 2020 Edition, also praised the University’s Career Services, ranking it No. 10 nationally.

“A liberal arts education emphasizes forming independent judgments, articulating cogent arguments, and developing the tools and taste for continued lifelong learning,” said Georgia Nugent, senior fellow with the Council of Independent Colleges and a member of St. Lawrence’s Board of Trustees. “We live in a world where graduates will be employed in roles that don’t event exist today. This kind of learning is more practical than training in a specific skill that may well be obsolete almost upon graduation.”

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