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One year later: Survey shows recent Eckerd graduates to be well equipped for professional world

posted on 12/11/2006

What is the value of an education? How is this value measured? It is difficult to truly assess the long-term life impact of a high quality, liberal arts education, but there are a handful of significant and tangible indicators that illustrate this impact. Perhaps the most significant among these measures is the ease with which recent grads enter into the professional world, either as members of the work force, or as students beginning graduate school.

  • 33% of recent graduates found jobs within one month of graduation.
  • 69% of recent graduates are employed full time
  • 36% went on to graduate school.
One Year Layer Survey GraphEckerd College's departments of Career Resources and Institutional Research jointly produced a survey that measures the extent to which the Eckerd experience prepares students for professional life after Eckerd. The "One Year After Survey" was sent to the 329 residential graduates for 2003-04, with 37% of the graduates responding.

The survey focused on what students did following graduation, the relative difficulty of the transition from Eckerd and the extent to which the professional and career resources available to them eased and/or facilitated the move from college to the professional world. For example, respondents were asked how long their job search took. Possible responses ranged from less than one month to more than one year. Notably, the highest percentage of respondents (33%) specified that they spent less than one month searching for a job.

Among its more significant conclusions, the survey found that 69% of respondents were employed full time a year after graduation, while 26% were attending graduate school full time and 10% attending part time.

While there are many factors that affect the ease of transition from college to the professional world the survey results reflect very positively on the extent to which an Eckerd education prepares graduates to enter into and succeed within the realms of work and advanced academia.

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