Monday February 3, 2014

Highly Sought Grads

Ninety-six percent of spring and summer 2013 undergraduates report being employed, pursuing an advanced degree or participating in a service program.

The outcomes for University of Dayton graduates are rosy, according to a University of Dayton Office of Career Services Survey. Ninety-six percent of 2013 spring and summer University of Dayton undergraduates report being employed, pursuing an advanced degree or participating in a service program within six months.

"This is a testament to the value of a University of Dayton degree," said Jason Eckert, director of career services. "A University of Dayton education prepares our graduates for the workforce, post-graduate studies, the military or a service program such as the Peace Corps. Whatever your career aspirations, the University of Dayton can help you reach them."

Each of the University's four schools offering undergraduate degrees — engineering, education and health sciences, business, and arts and sciences — had a 95 percent success rate or better. Ninety-seven percent of the respondents from the School of Business Administration and School of Education and Health Sciences are putting their degrees to work in their chosen field or a closely related field. The rates for the School of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences are 96 and 95 percent, respectively.

For those who have yet to land a job, grad school placement or service opportunity, Eckert said the Office of Career Services has multiple programs to help graduates. Career Services has an employer outreach plan that includes making new contacts with employers outside Ohio and enhancing partnerships and relationships with employers in Ohio. The Career Workshop Series also offers job search strategies for graduates such as how to use social networks in the job search. And, the office sets up biannual job fairs open to University of Dayton alumni; the next one is 1 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, in University of Dayton Arena.

"Alumni relationships with our office shouldn't cease when they receive their diplomas," Eckert said. "All Flyers on and off campus are welcome to utilize our services, which are free for life."

More than 1,000 of the University's spring and summer 2013 undergraduates — 81 percent — responded to the survey.

Results are not yet in for the University of Dayton's 2013 spring and summer graduate school graduates.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of news and communications, at 937-229-3391 or