Huntington, Ind.—Successes at Huntington University span beyond commencement day. They are shown through the careers that lie ahead for students.
A recent survey of the Class of 2009 showed that 72 percent of the 159 graduates surveyed had acquired full-time employment within eight months after graduation. Another 15 percent are attending graduate school – an increase from previous years, and another 8 percent have found part-time employment.
“Considering this economy, I think our graduating students did very, very well finding jobs,” said Martha Smith, associate dean of student development.
Contact was made with 146 graduates for the survey.
In just two years, the number of HU students attending graduate school has increased from 5 percent to 15 percent. The largest areas of graduate studies for the Class of 2009 were counseling, social work and theology. Along with continuing, their education at Huntington University, students were also accepted to graduate programs at places such as Case Western Reserve (Ohio), Emory (Georgia), Penn State University and Texas A&M University.
Huntington University prides itself on not only preparing students academically, but also with the skills they need to find employment, such as mock interviews and résumé preparation.
“I think more of our faculty are requiring the use of career services,” Smith said. “It’s a partnership that is showing great rewards for our students.”