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Warrensburg, MO 64093
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UCM Graduate Employment Climbs Despite Sluggish Economy

Contact: Jeff Murphy
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 27, 2008) – Despite a sluggish national economy, UCM graduates had great success in the 2006-2007 job market. According to statistics released by the university’s Office of Career Services, 96.8 percent of UCM’s graduates found work within six months after earning their degrees.

Highest in UCM Recorded History

“This is the 14th year in a row that our employment statistic is above 90 percent, and 98.6 percent is the highest employment percentage in UCM’s recorded history,” said Teresa Alewel, director of Career Services.

Office of Career Services Polls Graduates

Career Services annually surveys graduates to find out about job success, types of careers that are in high demand, and salary levels. The most recent survey results are based on responses from 69.7 percent of the 1,946 graduates who completed their degrees in August and December 2006 and May 2007.

More Than 600 Employers Interview on Campus

Alewel attributes the overall increase, in part, to continued efforts to enhance university-employer relations. Last year, Career Services identified over 600 employers who came to campus to interview students for full-time, internship, part-time and summer positions.

“We spend a lot of time on employer development,” she noted. “We continually work to cultivate new employer relationships as well as those that have hired UCM graduates for years. The market shifts constantly, so our efforts ust shift to meet the needs of the job market.”

“Last year was one of our biggest years in regard to the number of employers recruiting on campus. Most of our job fairs hit record numbers, as well as our campus recruiting. We knew early on that the opportunities for ’07 graduates were going to be greater than previous years,” Alewel remarked.

Degree Programs Prepare Graduates for High Demand Jobs

Contributing to success in the job market, the university also offers degree programs in a variety of high-demand career areas. According to Alewel, the hottest career paths for students with baccalaureate degrees were in accounting, drafting, finance, manufacturing and construction, nursing, math, safety, science and special education.

Highest starting salaries reported among graduates were in construction management, information technology, industrial technology, nursing and safety. As an example, two graduates with bachelor’s degrees in industrial technology noted starting salaries at $70,000.

Of those surveyed, 88.8 percent were employed full time, 7.4 percent were working part time, and
3.2 percent were unemployed. Career Services plans to post more survey results on its web site in the near future.

For More Information

The Office of Career Services is a centralized center serving the entire campus community, which works with students and alumni from all academic disciplines and degree programs. Its many offerings include career counseling, resume writing, interviewing, part-time job assistance, and job fairs.