As DePaul University’s Class of 2014 prepares for graduation, students can take comfort in the positive career outcomes reported by last year’s graduates. In a survey by DePaul’s Career Center, 95 percent of 2013 Driehaus College of Business graduates in full-time jobs reported securing positions directly related to their field of study.
Each year, the Career Center surveys DePaul’s graduating class to assess their post-graduation employment status and continuing education goals. Graduates are surveyed during cap and gown distribution before graduation and six months after degree completion. Employment data is also gathered from graduates’ LinkedIn profiles.
In 2013, data was collected on more than 3,700 graduating seniors from all DePaul colleges for an overall response rate of 86 percent. At the graduate level, data was collected on more than 2,500 master’s degree recipients for an overall response rate of 83 percent. Graduates from the business college alone had an 89 percent response rate, the highest since 2009.
“We got a great response in 2013, which makes the data all the more significant and accurate,” says Gillian Steele, director of the Career Center. The career outcome reports break down responses based on major and industry sector and give average salaries, as well as sample employers and job titles.
Christa Hinton (MBA ’98, EdD ’12), director of the Kellstadt Career Management Center, notes that student response is what makes the survey worthwhile to future classes and the university. “We really appreciate the time that our recent graduates spend on filling out the outcomes survey. We use the outcomes data in so many important ways: to inform prospective students, to analyze programming and to educate employers, among others,” says Hinton, assistant dean of the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.
Different aspects of the reports stand out. Hinton says she is impressed with the employment numbers reported by international graduate business students, as 65 percent of those respondents said they were employed by 6 months after graduation. Steele notes that an increasing number of undergraduate students are reporting that they are self-employed, with 11 percent saying so in 2013 compared with 8 percent the year before, mirroring a national trend.
To Steele, the survey results show that, overall, the career outlook is positive. “There are thousands of jobs available to DePaul business graduates each year in all majors,” she says. “Success centers on gaining work experience and making connections throughout their time at DePaul, as well as being able to relate their academic and professional skills to the workplace.”
Download the full undergraduate and graduate reports as PDF files.
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