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Loosening Job Market Has Meant Good News
for Recent UW-Eau Claire Graduates

RELEASED: June 4, 2007

Excellence SealEAU CLAIRE — Business growth and expansion over the past several years have meant good news for University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire graduates, according to the university's most recent Career Services survey.

Ninety-five percent of the 2005-06 UW-Eau Claire graduates responding to the survey were employed or continuing their education a year after graduation, said Jeanne Skoug, director of Career Services.

And according to a new report from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, the outlook for 2006-07 graduates is even better. NACE's Job Outlook 2007 Spring Update shows that employers have revised their earlier hiring projections up by almost two percent, indicating they expect to hire nearly 20 percent more new college graduates in 2006-07 than they did in 2005-06.

Seventy percent — or 1,302 of the 1,870 graduates from 2005-06 — responded to the employment survey. Eighty-one percent reported they were employed full or part time, and 14 percent reported they were continuing their education. Five percent reported they were seeking employment.

And of the 740 graduates who responded to questions about their employment locations, a majority — 54 percent — are working for businesses and organizations in Wisconsin, Skoug said, noting that 21 percent are working in the Chippewa Valley.

"UW-Eau Claire students are choosing to remain in Wisconsin after graduation, adding to the state's brain gain," Skoug said. "Wisconsin's businesses and communities are benefiting from the graduates' talent, energy and knowledge."

According to Skoug, UW-Eau Claire's emphasis on internships as an important part of a student's curriculum may also have something to do with the success rate of UW-Eau Claire graduates. NACE's 2006 Experiential Education Survey shows that more than 80 percent of employers reported having some sort of internship program, and about 75 percent used them to feed their college recruiting programs. In 2006 employers converted 53 percent of their interns to full-time hires and four in five employers stated that their retention rate is higher among college hires converted from internship programs.

"Employers recruit from UW-Eau Claire because of the outstanding reputation of our graduates, and the internship experience only adds to that," said Skoug. "Research shows that employers value strong communication skills, initiative and interpersonal skills. And those are the same qualities and skills our graduates say they believe are important as they begin their careers. Internships help put potential employers and our graduates on the same page," Skoug said.

The following statistics reflect the current organizational structure of UW-Eau Claire and its four colleges: Arts and Sciences; Business; Education and Human Sciences; and Nursing and Health Sciences.

In the College of Arts and Sciences, 548 of 883 graduates responded to the Career Services survey. Of the respondents, 354 were employed full time, 37 were employed part time, 115 were continuing their education, and 35 were seeking employment. No information was available for 335 of the graduates.

In the College of Business, 316 of 437 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 288 were employed full time, 5 were employed part time, 7 were continuing their education, and 16 were seeking employment. No information was available for 121 of the graduates.

In the College of Education and Human Sciences, 315 of 405 graduates responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 188 were employed full time, 50 were employed part time, 56 were continuing their education, and 17 were seeking employment. No information was available for 90 of the graduates.

In the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, 123 of 145 graduates who majored in nursing, music therapy, health care administration or environmental public health responded to the survey. Of the respondents, 115 were employed full time, 5 were employed part time, two were continuing their education, and one was seeking employment. No information was available for 22 of the graduates.

In addition to on-campus interviews and internship programs, employers can recruit UW-Eau Claire graduates and students as employees or interns through an online recruiting system. For more information call Career Services at 715-836-5359.

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