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Survey: Most K-State Graduates with Bachelor's Degrees Found Jobs or Are Continuing Their Education; Many Staying in Kansas to Work

Tuesday, February 7, 2006

MANHATTAN -- Graduates face a promising future when they walk away from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in hand, according to a recent survey.

K-State's career and employment services staff conducted its annual Post-Graduation Bachelor Degree Statistics and Experiential Learning Statistics for the 2004-2005 academic year. Results show more than 90 percent of recent bachelor's degree graduates surveyed are employed or are continuing their education through graduate school or some other program.

Students are facing a better job market than in recent years, said Kerri Day Keller, director of career and employment services.

"When I talk to students, I say it's up to them to prepare themselves for whatever job market they're going into, whether it's up or down," Keller said. "Good people are always going to stand out."

According to recruiters, Keller said, K-State students tend to have a good work ethic and are academically well-prepared.

"Recruiters also comment on the experience that many K-State students have gained through internships or co-ops or some other relevant work experience," Keller said. "That gives students an advantage."

Also noticed by recruiters are the interviewing skills and resumes of K-State students, Keller said. Career and employment services offers a variety of workshops and programs that help students with various aspects of finding a job, from fine-tuning their resumes and videotaping mock interviews to offering online research about potential employers.

K-State faculty do a good job of making students aware of the help available to them at career and employment services, Keller said.

According to the survey, more than half of K-State bachelor's degree graduates who went to work took jobs in Kansas. Other popular career destinations were Missouri, Texas, Colorado and California.

Most K-State recruiters are hiring for jobs in the Midwest, Keller said, although graduates like those with engineering or architecture degrees are recruited for positions nationwide. Despite concerns about a "brain drain" -- Kansas-educated workers leaving the state and taking their skills with them -- Keller said that most of the working graduates surveyed who found jobs in Kansas represent the many K-State students who want to stay in the area.

Among graduates who participated in the survey, about 20 percent are continuing their education in graduate school, professional school or other programs.

The survey was conducted under performance indicator guidelines set by the Kansas Board of Regents. Postgraduate data was collected on 77 percent of K-State graduates who received bachelor's degrees in academic year 2004-2005.

This article was posted on Tuesday, February 7, 2006, and is filed under College News.