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Report finds most of K-State's 2003-04 bachelor's graduates found jobs

Thursday, January 27, 2005

MANHATTAN -- Most students who leave Kansas State University with bachelor's degrees are successfully moving on in their professional endeavors, according to a report by K-State's career and employment services.

The report, Post-Graduation Statistics 2003-04, is based on responses to surveys taken by 80 percent of K-State's 3,503 bachelor's degree recipients who graduated during the 2003-04 academic year.

"Of the 2,785 graduates on whom we have information, 69 percent reported they were employed, while 21 percent said they were enrolled in a graduate/professional school or other education program," said Kerri Day Keller, director of K-State career and employment services. "Only 8 percent of the students participating in the survey said they were still seeking employment within the first six months of graduation, while 3 percent of the graduates said they were involved in other non-career activities."

Keller said that compared to last year's survey, this year's survey indicates a shift toward more employment, and that slightly fewer graduates are pursuing continuing education options.

"Based on nationwide and university-wide data, the job market has improved over a year ago for many graduates," she said. "In fact, career and employment services staff spent more time this fall consulting with students who were trying to decide among multiple job offers."

Most of the employed graduates, or 60 percent, accepted positions in Kansas, according to the report. Keller said employers both in-state and out-of-state have positive things to say about K-State graduates.

"Consistently, they are pleased with the skills, knowledge, experience and strong work ethic that K-State grads bring to the workplace," she said.

The All-University Career Fair, college career fairs and other events are just some of the ways K-State and career and employment services help bring students and potential employers together, Keller said.

"We know that career fairs, such as K-State's All-University Career Fair in the fall, are an important 'first point of contact' for many employers and students, especially those hired through the on-campus interview process," she said. "Employers value the chance to promote their organization's full-time and internship opportunities with K-State students.

"Particularly this spring, we've seen an overwhelming response from employers for the upcoming Engineering Career Fair and the Design Expo. Employer interest in the Hospitality Recreation Travel Career Fair, also this spring, has been strong."

Career and employment services continues to help graduates still looking for employment, Keller said.

"We welcome recent graduates to continue - or to start - utilizing our many services. While individual advising from a distance may be limited to brief e-mail and phone consultation, there are a number of online services which are available to grads," she said. "Registering with career and employment services includes access to online job/internship listings, eligibility for resume referrals to employers and use of the Wildcat Mentor Network, which provides contact info for networking with alumni.

"Career and employment services also subscribes to CareerSearch, a comprehensive employer research database which can be invaluable for uncovering the hidden job market."

More information on K-State's career and employment services is available
at: http://www.k-state.edu/ces

This article was posted on Thursday, January 27, 2005, and is filed under College News.