The results of DePaul University’s Class of 2014 career
outlook survey, plus more recruiting activity on campus, show positive employment
trends for Kellstadt Graduate School of Business alumni.
Eighty-six percent of graduates who received their master’s
degree from the college are either employed or enrolled in continuing
education. Employment or enrollment in continuing education, such as another
graduate or PhD program, are considered successful career outcomes, according
to National Association of Colleges and Employers, which charts college
graduate employment statistics nationwide.
Hinton says the career outlook is bright for graduating
students because employers are recruiting at a much higher rate and are posting
more job opportunities for graduates and internships for students.
“We can see that employers are hiring more people at a
faster pace,” says Christa Hinton, assistant dean and director of the Kellstadt
Career Management Center (KCMC). “Employers are buoyed by the economy and are
optimistic about what’s happening.”
Survey Documents Student Career Success
Data for the annual survey is collected in a variety of ways.
Alumni in the Class of 2014 are surveyed
up to six months after graduation and their job placement is confirmed. The survey asks graduates their employment status, whether
their employment is in their field of study, as well as the sector or industry
in which they are employed.
Some highlights of the survey of Kellstadt graduates include:
- 97 percent of master’s degree recipients are in
full-time roles related to their degree
- 91 percent of students majoring in accountancy
- 88 percent of students who majored in economics are
Also of note are strong hiring trends in data
analytics. Hinton says employer attendance at her Kellstadt’s annual data
analytics career night has jumped from 20 employers in 2014 to 40 in 2015. Other areas
with strong hiring trends include consumer insights in marketing, economics and
“There’s a huge demand for any type of data analysis and
that will not go away,” Hinton says. “That’s only going to increase.”
The KCMC, which is located on the 8th floor of
the DePaul Center on the Loop Campus, helps students and alumni in a variety of
ways. The office focuses on building relationships with employers who want to
recruit DePaul students.
“We find ways that the employer feels comfortable interacting
with our students and we make that happen,” says Hinton.
For students, Hinton says Handshake, the new career
services system at DePaul, is helping students connect more easily with career services.
Handshake lists recruiting events, allows students to sign up for appointments
with career counselors and is the central hub for all career services at the
In addition, KCMC staffers are adept at creating a good
strategy for students who are charting
their career paths. For example, Hinton says, a recent student who was an engineer enrolled in
Kellstadt, but was interested in a career shift to marketing or
The student came to the KCMC for guidance and counselors
created a plan for him to do networking with alumni in both industries. After
meeting with alumni and visiting various employers, the student ended up in the
human resources field.
“We aim to please,” Hinton says. “We’re very good at helping
people chart their career path and develop strategies so that they can succeed
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