Class of 2013 Reports Success in Search for Jobs

August 29, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio – The recently released results of the University of Mount Union’s 2013 First Destination Report revealed that the institution is not only where exceptional begins, but where it continues post-graduation.

According to the First Destination Report, 98% of 2013 graduates found success in their search for degree-required careers or graduate school attendance (with 85% of graduates self-reporting).

The average length of time for Mount Union’s 2013 graduates to secure employment after graduation was 30 days, as they obtained positions with numerous impressive, reputable and well-known organizations. Such organizations include Detroit Medical Center, San Antonio Spurs, Walt Disney World, Cleveland Clinic Center for Autism, Hyland Software, National Basketball Academy, Environmental Defense Fund and thunder::tech. Top career fields for the Class of 2013 include education, sport business, accounting, marketing, criminal justice, biology, athletic training, communications, business and psychology.

Class of 2013 Graduate Zak Suhar of Cedarburg, Wisconsin accepted a position as an account strategist with Google following graduation.

“Working at Google is a lot of fun because the people are so awesome,” Suhar said. “Everyone comes from such diversified backgrounds, so there’s never a lack of energy and excitement, and it is truly a team atmosphere full of passion.”

Many 2013 graduates have gone on to pursue graduate study at a variety of impressive colleges and universities throughout the country, with 83% gaining admittance to their first choice institution. Such establishments include Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University, Kettering University, Auburn University, Case Western University, Chatham University, East Carolina University, Florida State University, Michigan State University, Winthrop University and John Carroll University, among others.

The top five graduate programs students pursued include physician assistant, physical therapy, higher education, law and athletic training.

Keeping PACE Akron’s Way graduate assistant Brittany Kilgore ’13 stated her proudest accomplishment was the day she found out she was accepted into graduate school at the University of Akron and received a graduate assistantship.

“That day made me realize that all the hard work I put into my school career paid off and that I would get a chance to continue my education in something I have a passion for,” Kilgore said.

Over the course of the past decade, Mount Union graduates have self-reported exceptional success in their searches for careers and graduate school acceptance, with an average success rate of 97.4% for the graduating classes of 2004 through 2013.

For additional statistics from the 2013 First Destination Report, visit mountunion.edu/first-destination-report.

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