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ClassPOSTGRADUATE of 2010 REPORT HEAD

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Executive Summary

CLASS OF 2010 POST GRADUATE SURVEY

Westfield State University, like most institutions, provides statistical reports to measure effectiveness and evaluate performance. The goal of this survey was to capture post-graduate data and compile it into a report with meaningful data that prospective students, employers, the administration and the community can utilize. The goal of this survey was to capture a representative sample of the Class of 2010 to determine the post-graduation career and graduate school activities of individuals one year after graduation. We were very pleased with a 49% percent overall response rate, achieved through a number of marketing initiatives. Even more impressive in this economy is the finding that approximately 97% percent of those surveyed are either employed, attending graduate school or in the military. Also, 29 % percent of this sample was engaged in public sector or non-profit employment, reflecting Westfield State University’s primary mission of assisting students to develop intellectually and to use their knowledge and skills to improve the social and economic conditions in their communities. It is exciting to see the wide range of professional activities of these new graduates. Members of the University Community have worked hard to guide and support these individuals during their undergraduate years. It is satisfying to see the outcome of these efforts as students launch their professional careers or pursue advanced study in a wide range of fields and industries. We are pleased to present our fourth annual post-graduate survey. Using a systematic and comprehensive approach to gathering this type of data we can examine our progress with students over time. This information should be helpful in guiding our work on behalf of students and alumni. This project, coordinated by the Career Center, was truly a collaborative campus-wide effort. Dino Innarelli, Coordinator of Alumni Career Services, compiled this report and the Career Center managed this exciting project working closely with colleagues from Advancement and University Relations, Office of Alumni Affairs and Information Technology. We hope that you find this report to be beneficial.

Sincerely, Junior Delgado Director, Career Center

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Survey Overview The Class of 2010 Post-Graduate Survey, conducted by the Westfield State University Career Center, was completed in December, 2012. Graduates were contacted via US Mail, email, Linked-in and Facebook beginning in July 2011, to complete an online survey. Throughout the next year, the Career Center continued to search for contact information for many of the 2010 graduates, while continuing to invite graduates to participate in the survey. The data collection process culminated in November of

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2012 after two additional attempts via phone calls and extensive efforts to connect through Linked-in and Facebook. In total, 339 out of the 684 graduates for whom we were able to secure contact information (49%), provided the information used in this report. Information gathered regarding employment, graduate studies and related factors provided very interesting and significant analyses when compiling this data.


CLASS OF 2010 What is the Class of 2010 doing? Members of the Class of 2010 were asked to select their primary activity six months after graduation.  83% Employment  10% Both Employment and Graduate School  4% Graduate School  1% Military  2% Seeking Employment

What is the Class of 2010 doing? 1% 4%

2%

Salary Information 10% >$70,000

83%

7

$65,000 – $69,999

2

$60,000 – $64,999

2

$55,000 – $59,999

5

$50,000 – $54,999

7

$45,000 – $49,999

14

$40,000 – $44,999 $35,000 – $39,999

*The survey showed that 94% of those contacted found some form of employment, an in-crease of 13% compared to 81% in 2009.     

Employed Employed and Grad School Grad School Only Military Seeking employment

24

12

$30,000 – $34,999

14

$25,000 – $29,999

11

$20,000 – $24,999

10

$15,000 – $19,999

6

$10,000 – $14,999 <$5,000 – $9,000

4

<$4,999

4

0

10

5

10

15

20

Respondents reporting some level of employment provided the following salary information: 

25

Salary Breakdown

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Employment  70% of those employed felt their career was related to their major.  30% reported employment in non-profit sector.  Breakdown of when employment was secured:

When did they obtain employment?

43%

23%

13%

  Before Graduation or < 3 Months After Graduation

21%

3 – 6 Months After Graduation

6 – 12 Months After Graduation

> 12 Months After Graduation

 Employment by industry for 2010 graduates:

What industries are most represented for employing our graduates? Education 19%

Communications 6%

Social Services

Hospitality Services

5%

Marketing, Advertising & Sales

8%

Law Enforcement & Security

8% 10%

Business Management

6%

Accounting 4%

Retail Trade

5%

Art 1%

Insurance and Finance

6%

Environmental and Life Sciences

3%

Health Services

9%

Others (Construction, Admin)

4%

Information Technology

6%

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Some employers of 2010 graduates: American Consumer Credit Counseling Appleton Corporation Bank of America Baystate Medical Center Bentley University Police Department Berkshire County Sheriffs’ Department BHN Crisis Boisselle, Morton and Associates Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Boston Scientific Bridgewater State University Brigham and Women’s Hospital C&S Wholesale Grocers Canon USA Cantor Fitzgerald Chrysalis Publishing Group Cities/Towns of: Easthampton Northampton East Windsor, CT Palmer Greenfield Springfield Keene, NH Worcester Leverett Clear Channel Communications Commerce Insurance Company Commonwealth of MA - DTA Cooley Dickinson Hospital Curry College Dana Farber Cancer Institute Darmouth Hitchock Medical Center DoubleTree by Hilton Boston/Westborough Dunn & Phillips, P.C. Eastern States Exposition Easthampton Savings Bank eClinicalWorks Edward Jones Elite Health & Fitness Center Elkus Manfredi Architects Entercom Environmental Compliance Services, Inc Federal Management Co., Inc. Fidelity Investments Genesis Healthcare Ventures Google Greater Holyoke YMCA Hampden County Sheriff’s Department Head Start Inc. Hewlett-Packard Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility John Hancock Insurance Company KPMG LA Fitness MA State Police Mass General Hospital Massachusetts Department of Transportation MassMutual Insurance Company MEDITECH

Mercy Medical Center Merrill Lynch Microtest Labs MIT Lincoln Laboratory Monson Savings Bank Mount Wachusett Community College MTV Networks Mystic Valley Elder Services New England Dermatological Society Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Office of the Indiana Attorney General Old Colony Planning Council Oracle Premier Research Price,Waterhouse,Coopers LLP Public Schools of: Agawam North Adams Amherst Northborough Cheshire Oxford Chicopee Plymouth Easthampton Southampton Franklin Southwick Granby Springfield Holland Uxbridge Holyoke Ware Hopkinton West Springfield Lincoln-Sudbury Westfield Medford Weymouth Puma Securitas Simmons College Six Flags Entertainment Social Security Administration Spectrum Analytical, Inc. Springfield College Springfield DPW - Solid Waste Division The Key Program Inc. The Law Office of Steven Brendemuehl The Sports Museum Transportation Security Administration Travelers Insurance U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs UCP of Maine United States Government - Claims Bureau United States- Armed Forces Van Wagner Communications, LLC Vantage Press Verizon Wireless Walt Disney World Resorts WB Mason Co Westfield Bank Westfield State University WestMass Eldercare Worcester County Sheriff’s Office WWLP-TV 22 News YWCA Of Western Massachusetts

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Graduate/Professional  Studies Approximately 14% of the survey respondents indicated that they are currently pursuing graduate degrees

Westfield State University alumni reported attending the following schools: American International College Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Bridgewater State University Cambridge College School of Psychology Central Connecticut State University Clark University Elms College Endicott College Lasell College Lesley University Northeastern University

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Northern Arizona University Springfield College Suffolk University UMass Boston University of Maryland University of Massachusetts-Amherst University of Massachusetts- Boston Western New England University Westfield State University Worcester State University


Where did they go? Westfield State University Graduates by Location 90 80 70 60 50 40

Graduates from the Class of 2010 live all across the US and internationally as well. Eighty six percent (86% of graduates responding to our survey report Massachusetts as their top destination after graduation, choosing to remain in Massachusetts for employment opportunities. Forty-six percent (46%) of those who remained in Massachusetts secured employment in the Greater Springfield area.

30 20 10 0

Employed in Massachusetts

Employed in New England (Outside of MA)

  Other U.S. States (CA, TX, FL, ID, PA, SC, NY, DC)

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Career Center The Career Center strives to assist students and alumni in finding success in employment, educational advancement and career management. The center provides a myriad of programs and services, a web page and its technology based “Career Connections” students can utilize to take that next step. Services available include:  Personal career advising  Career and job search workshops  Job fairs  Employer networking events  Job and internship postings  Weekly electronic announcements to market jobs and events  Extensive web resources  Mock interviews  Mentor program  Classroom presentations  Etiquette Dinner  On-campus employer visits Of those graduates responding to our survey, 67% said they visited the Career Center or took part in a Career Center sponsored program while at Westfield State University. 53% participated in an internship.

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WESTFIELD STATE UNIVERSITY

SENIOR ADMINISTRATION Dr. Evan Dobelle President

Milton Santiago Vice President, Administration and Finance

Waleska Lugo-DeJesus President’s Office, Director, Multicultural Affairs

Kenneth Lemanski Vice President, Advancement and University Relations

Nanci E. Salvidio Associate Vice President Advancement and University Relations, Alumni Office Dr. Elizabeth Preston Vice President, Academic Affairs

Dr. Carlton Pickron Vice President, Student Affairs Dr. Carol Persson Vice President, Enrollment Management

Career Center Staff Junior Delgado, M.Ed., B.A. Director, Career Center

Tricia Raiti, M.S., B.S. Career Counselor

Giselle Abed, M.Ed., B.A. Assistant Director, Career Center

Sharon King Administrative Assistant I

Dino Innarelli, B.A. Coordinator of Alumni Career Services

Lori Putnam Clerk IV

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Westfield State University Post-Graduate Survey Class of 2010  

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