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2013 GRADUATE EXIT SURVEY


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Table of Contents Introduction

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Respondents by College / Enrollment

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Degree Level

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Graduate Employment Status

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Major Correlation

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Internship Participation

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2013 University wide Internship Registrations

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Liberty Graduate Salary Survey

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NACE Salary Survey

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2013 Graduate Use of Career Center Services

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Graduate Exit Survey Data by School

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Introduction

he 2013 Graduate Exit Survey is produced annually to give a picture of the graduating class and highlight the increased importance of an internship experience outside of the classroom during the fall, spring or summer semesters. This experience allows students exposure to various industries, career paths, and professionals while gaining significant career-related skills through an internship/job, volunteer position, study abroad, or research experience. The survey shows the number of graduates who are 1) seeking jobs, 2) employed at graduation or within 90 days of graduation, and if that job is within their major, and 3) continuing their education. The survey also shows how many graduates completed internships, how many were offered a position because of their internship, and how many accepted the offer. There is also a salary survey and a Career Center usage survey.

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Summary of the Survey Results for 2013

• A slight increase in the number of graduates that have a job at graduation or have a job within 90 days of graduation: In 2013 60% of graduates had jobs and 15% had jobs secured within 90 days; In 2012 58% of graduates had jobs and 16% had jobs secured within 90 days. • Graduates who are continuing education declined from 19% in 2012 to 17% in 2013. • Graduate employment that is related to their major increased from 44% in 2012 to 47% in 2013. • 42% of the graduates participated in an internship, with 31% receiving job offers and 58% accepting the offer. The national average is 61% receiving offers and 86% accepting the offer (www.naceweb.org). • 2013 salaries for graduates remain similar to the 2011 survey; however, 46% of the residential graduates with jobs are making under $20,000. A NACE national survey for starting salaries for the 2013 class is included with this report. The Career Center made numerous changes in 2013 that benefitted all students (including these graduates) and employers. The Career Center hosted major-specific career fairs each semester in 2013, which included 13 career fairs and 15 Information Sessions. Participating departments included Engineering, Business, Communications, Health, Religion, Education and Government. These fairs represent the increase in Career Fair attendance by the survey participants.

Fair Statistics

• 334 employers from all over the country came to campus in 2013 to participate in these events. • 2154 students (and a handful of alumni) attended (35% of the survey respondents attended a fair). • 55% of the attending employers offered positions as a result of these events – some with multiple offers. • Liberty University had three fairs in 2012 (one on campus and two off campus) – with 175 students in attendance. Data for this report was collected by The Career Center at the 2013 graduation activities. In total, 1,254 students completed the survey. National data was obtained from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) at www.naceweb.org.

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Respondants by College

Respondants by Enrollment

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Degree Levels - All Graduates

Degree Levels - Residential

Degree Levels - Online

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he Career Center at Liberty University has emeducated, have years of experience in their industry in barked on a campaign to reach employers in some cases, and are everywhere the employer is loevery industry, in all states, and in all countries. The cated. This has led to a dramatic increase in employers information in this survey is key to showing employcreating a profile in LUNETWORK, Liberty’s exclusive ers the wide array of Liberty talent available. The online jobs database. LUNETWORK has more than data in this survey gives great information about the 4300 employers, with 2200 employers signing up in FY employability and experience level of 2013. These employers post posiour student base. For example, Liberty tions looking exclusively for Liberty residential graduates compete head to talent. These positions include head for positions with graduates from internships, entry level positions, “Graduates are other universities. The employment mid-level management and senior reflecting that the rate for this year’s graduates show that level executives. 50% were employed at graduation, Career Center has 27% have positions within 90 days of Graduates are reflecting that the been useful to their Career Center has been useful to graduation, and another 5% are selfemployed. This equates to an 83% their job success. 73% of residenjob success. .” employment rate for Liberty’s 2013 tial graduates and 41% of online residential graduates. graduates utilized the Career Center. Along with reaching out to students The Career Center shares valuable facts with employand alumni, the Career Center has made a great effort ers. One such fact is that 49% of Liberty University’s to reach out to faculty and staff of the various schools 2013 online graduates graduated with a Master’s and colleges to introduce them to employers looking degree or higher. The average age of an online student for their students. There were over 335 employers on is 35, which means that nearly half of the students campus in 2013 talking with students, alumni, facnot only have a higher degree, they are more likely to ulty and staff about their companies and their needs. have years of experiIn 2013, over 2700 ence in any given residential and online industry. The Career students (and alumni) Center explains to participated in 13 employers that the major specific career Liberty talent availfairs or 15 company able to them are well specific information session.

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Graduate Employment Status - Totals

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Employment Status - Residential

Employment Status - Online

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Current Job Correlates with Degree

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Internship Participation Percentages

Internship Participation Totals

The national average of employers making offeres to interns was 61.2% in 2012, with 86.5% of these interns accepting the offer (NACE 2012 Internship & Co-op Survey – www.naceweb.org).

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2013 Internship Participation All University Students

The above table represents those students (Junior, Senior, and Graduate) who registered their internship with the university. These are

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university wide and not just the graduates that completed the survey. 299 internships are zero credit internships and 499 intern-


ships range from one to six credit hours. All internships shown were completed in the Fall 2013, Spring 2014 and Summer

2014 semesters. Internships were not tracked for those students that did not register for either a 299 or 499 course.

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2013 Liberty University Graduates Salary Survey All Graduates

Residential Graduates

Online Graduates

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2011 Liberty University Graduates Salary Survey: All Graduates

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National 2013 Graduates Salary Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers

This data was obtained from http://www.naceweb.org/salary-survey-data/

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2013 Graduate Use of Career Center Services

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• Used Career Center Services • Career Assessment • Career Counseling • Career Fairs • Resume Critique • Mock Interview

• LUNETWORK • lntemshipSearch • Washi ngton Fe llowship


2013 Graduate Exit Survey