UCM Grads Continue to Find Work
Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (Feb. 22, 2012) – A cause for celebration, the University of Central Missouri’s Office of Career Services announces that the employment rate for students who found work within six months after graduation has exceeded 90 percent for the 18th consecutive year. Career Services staff will commemorate this achievement by inviting the campus and local community to a celebratory event 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Elliott Union Atrium. Cake, drinks and other treats will be available to those who attend.
Teresa Alewel, director of Career Services, said the most recent survey of UCM graduates shows that 90.5 percent found work. This includes 73.3 percent who obtained full-time jobs; 15.1 percent, part-time, and 2.1 percent, temporary employment. Some 18.3 percent of the graduates were seeking post-baccalaureate education.
The survey period was for students who completed their degrees between August 2010 and May 2011. Employment data for 2012 graduates will not be available until spring semester 2013.
“We make attempts to contact all graduates. Last year, there were 2,360 graduates and we contacted
68 percent of them,” Alewel said. “We first send out email to graduates, then we make four attempts by phone, and finally we mail a survey.”
Alewel noted that some of the highest-demand job fields continue to be in business-related areas of accounting, finance and marketing, and technology areas. These include drafting, Auto CAD, manufacturing and construction, safety, engineering technology, and information services.
Regardless of the popularity of these jobs, UCM graduates in every program area are sought after by employers, said Richard Sluder, vice provost for enrollment management.
“The continued success of our graduates reflects the value proposition of the quality of our programs, the commitment of our faculty, and employers demand for capable and competent graduates. In a difficult economy, post graduation employment rates become especially important as prospective students and their parents make careful decisions about which college to attend,” Sluder said.
He added, “This is emblematic of our current marketing campaign: Choose quality, choose success, choose red.”
Alewel pointed out that UCM’s employment statistics for graduates continue to exceed the national average, and are above those of many peer institutions in Missouri.