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Survey suggests employment on rise for recent grads

Dee Employment Graphic Final

The number of students entering employment immediately after graduation increased from 56 percent in 2009 to 65 percent in 2012, according to a survey conducted by CareerLAB.

Of the 1,321 members of the class of 2012 who responded to the survey, 24 percent alternatively pursued full-time graduate or professional study immediately following graduation, 11 percent pursued “other endeavors” including volunteering, fellowships and additional courses, and  36  graduates reported that they were still “seeking employment” as of March this year. Data for the survey was collected between May 2012 and March 2013.

Medicine, law, and teaching and education were the three most popular professional degrees pursued by alums, while education, finance and banking, and science and research were the three most common post-employment industries.

The five most popular employers were Teach for America, Brown, Google, Morgan Stanley and Epic Systems.

CareerLAB Director Andrew Simmons said he assumed the spike in employment is a result of a better economy.

Education might be the most popular sector due to the vast opportunities it offers, while the low number of students working in the government and public policy sector is due to the amount of specialization needed to go into these fields — students need to gain “frontline experience” first, Simmons said.

Simmons added that the survey might underestimate the numbers pursuing graduate and professional study as many students work for a few years before entering graduate school. The number of students entering medical school is also boosted by the students in the Program in Liberal Medical Education class, he said.

Clearer trends might be evident once CareerLAB gathers data over a longer period of time, Simmons added, and if CareerLAB examines how alums have changed their career tracks 10 years after graduating.

CareerLAB also sorted its post-graduate data by concentration on its website and linked it to Focal Point, indicating the diversity of career opportunities that exist within each discipline, Simmons said.

“What alumni do is all over the place. This is consistent with the kind of place that Brown is,” he added.

Because students from the class of 2013 have not yet had enough time to solidify their plans after Brown, CareerLAB plans to release data indicating their post-employment paths in the spring, Simmons said.