MAILED: July 17, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- The success University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students are finding after graduation indicates faculty and staff are preparing students to find employment and achieve success in a variety of jobs, Career Services counselors say.
"We like to say that we teach students how to fish; we don't just give them the fish," said Career Services counselor Mary Lou Taylor. "We don't place graduates in jobs but give them the skills they need to find jobs - not just their first job but jobs throughout their lives."
Research shows that graduates can expect to have up to 10 jobs and three different careers in their lifetime.
"Managing this degree of change will require the flexibility to continually update abilities and acquire new skills," Taylor said. "UW-Eau Claire graduates are prepared to meet this challenge."
The results of the Career Services' 1995-96 employment survey indicate that alumni are finding those first jobs after college, Taylor said. Ninety-six percent of the survey respondents indicated that they are either employed or continuing their educations.
Survey results are based on an 85 percent response rate, or 1,285 of 1,507 students. Employment status for December 1995, and May and August 1996 graduates was collected through April 10 using self-report instruments and follow-up telephone calls.
Other highlights of the 1995-96 survey include:
- Ninety-four percent of College of Arts and Sciences graduates reported they were employed or continuing their education.
- Ninety-four percent of College of Business graduates reported they were employed or continuing their education.
- Ninety-eight percent of the College of Professional Studies graduates reported they were employed or continuing their education.
- Eleven percent of the respondents reported they were continuing their education.
- Four percent of the respondents were seeking employment.
"We had consistent results across all the colleges," Taylor said of the employment survey results. "The employment rates for arts and sciences majors and business majors are identical, with professional studies majors' rates slightly higher.
"I think it says we provide a good quality education for students and that employers are seeking them out."
Graduates reported a variety of occupations, Taylor said. Job titles included accounting representative, actor, environmental consultant, news producer, tax accountant, youth counselor, analyst, marketing assistant and research technician.
"Our graduates are getting some outstanding jobs," Taylor said. "A liberal arts education prepares them for specific jobs and for jobs requiring a broad range of competencies and knowledge areas. They are finding themselves quality entry level jobs working for Big Eight accounting firms, well-known corporations, as well as smaller organizations and newly established enterprises.
While many have entered the work world, many others are continuing their education and are enrolled not only in programs at the UW System schools, but have gone as far away as to Arizona State College, University of California-Berkeley, John Marshall Law School, Northwestern University and the University of Maryland.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: July 18, 1997