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King University News :: 2013 Graduation Survey Produces Positive Results

BRISTOL, Tenn., April 4, 2014 – Each year, King University’s Career Success Center surveys bachelor’s degree recipients preceding graduation and again six months following graduation. The results from the 2013 graduating class indicate the majority have either gained employment or are attending graduate school to further their educational experience.

The results from the class of 2013’s survey demonstrates, of those who completed the survey, 92 percent are either employed or enrolled in graduate school six months following commencement.

The surveys, which include traditional undergraduate students having graduated with the class of 2013, collect contact information along with the students’ plans following graduation including employment and/or graduate school.

“We also collected data on all those who had some experiential education such as an internship or student teaching practice,” says Donna Felty, regional director of Career Development Tri-Cities. “We were pleased that 63 percent confirmed having participated in one or more of these hands-on educational experiences upon graduation.

“Resume help is the service most requested by students, but they also take advantage of a variety of other programs we make available,” added Felty. “Last year, the Career Success Center staff conducted 722 one-on-one career counseling sessions. We also hosted or participated in 30 different career-related events during the school year, including career fairs, resume rallies, etiquette trainings and graduate school practice testing.”

King University has long encouraged students to explore educational opportunities beyond the baccalaureate level. Many of King’s programs are pre-professional degrees designed so that the student transitions easily to a graduate-level setting.

King currently offers master’s degree programs in Business, Education, and Nursing. Beginning fall 2014, King will begin offering its first doctoral program in Nursing Practice.

According to the survey results, 28 percent of 2013 graduates indicated they were enrolled in graduate degree programs at schools including King University, Wake Forest, Liberty University, William Mitchell College of Law, Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Tennessee Tech, Milligan College, Old Dominion University, ETSU, and Winthrop University. Graduate programs included Business Administration, Counseling, Law, Physical Therapy, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physician Assistant, Engineering, Seminary, Education, Public Health, Science, History, Intelligence Studies, Music, Philosophy, and Political Science.

King University’s Career Success Center is served by Career Development and Career Services staff who work with students throughout their time at King, providing services such as resume assistance, career assessment, career planning and guidance, job search preparation, and internship placement. Career Success Center staff, as a liaison with local businesses and organizations, work to identify regional internship and employment opportunities for current and graduating students, as well as provide internship placement assistance for King’s traditional MBA students.

According to survey respondents during the past three years, an average of 85 percent of King graduates seeking employment were employed within their major field six months after graduation. For graduates seeking an additional degree, more than 80 percent of King graduate survey respondents indicate they are accepted into their first choice graduate or professional school.

For more information about King’s Career Success Center, Career Services, or Career Development, please visit http://careers.king.edu, or contact Donna Felty, regional director of Career Development Tri-Cities at 423.652.4752 or dhfelty@king.edu, Finley Green, director of Career Services at 423.652.4865 or flgreen@king.edu, or Andrea Hurst, director of the Career Success Center at 865.769.3123 or andreachurst@king.edu.

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