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More Minnesota State Mankato Graduates Report Finding Jobs

More than 91 percent of graduates surveyed in 2011-12 say they've found jobs.

Amanda Dyslin, Mankato Free Press, 4-13-2014

MANKATO — The job outlook for Minnesota State University, Mankato’s new graduates is significantly improving and more are finding work in their fields of study.

For the 2009-10 graduating class of Minnesota State Mankato, a little more than 80 percent of survey respondents had found employment after graduation. That percentage grew to 87.9 percent for the 2010-11 graduating class.

And now for the respondents from the recently released 2011-12 survey, 91.8 percent reported finding a job, which is a 10 percent increase over two years.

“(Part of it is) definitely the economy. We’ve even seen the job postings jump on MavJobs the past couple of years,” said Kristin Underwood, assistant director and Graduate Survey coordinator in the Career Development Center.

Every year the Career Development Center distributes the survey to alums within one year of graduating.

The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System requires at least an 85 percent response rate on the survey to ensure a large enough sample. This year’s response rate was 87.8 percent of the roughly 3,300 graduates, ranging across all of the university’s colleges and programs.

In addition to overall employment on the rise, “related employment” also increased for the class of 2012. Underwood said 84 percent of students reported finding employment within their field of study. That figure is up from 78.2 percent for the class of 2011.

“Given what has been happening with the economy and the job market over the past several years, this increase in the related employment rate is not surprising and is consistent with what has occurred for other MnSCU schools and across the nation,” Underwood reported via email news release.

Broken down by college, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology had the highest percent of graduates (89.9 percent) who reported finding employment in their field. Next was the College of Business with 88.4 percent. The College of Arts and Humanities had the lowest percentage with 76.2 percent.

Other colleges’ percentages for related employment were 85.4 percent for the College of Allied Health and Nursing; 87.5 percent for the College of Education; and 76.4 percent for the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Underwood noted that the data are self-reported, so the question of related employment is somewhat subjective. Two people could both graduate with a degree in business and land a retail management position, but whether that job is in line with the graduates’ career goals can cause them to view the question in different ways. Underwood said a little more than 16 percent of 2012 graduates surveyed went on to continue their education, up about 2 percent from the class of 2011. That figure is taken out of the sample related to employment. So with 91.8 percent of graduates reporting finding employment, that means 8.2 percent are “available for work, but still unemployed,” Underwood said.

Top employers for the 2012 graduating class include Minnesota State Mankato; Mankato Area Public Schools; Mayo Clinic Health System-Mankato and Mayo Clinic-Rochester; and Wells Fargo, among others.

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