2013 Manchester graduates post 97% job/career placement rate

Nearly 97 percent of Manchester University’s spring 2013 graduates have jobs or are in further study or full-time volunteer service.

“Manchester graduates are well prepared and highly successful in the job market," says Liz Bushnell, director of Career Services. "Their academic training and professional experience sets them up for success."

MU’s newest alumni agree.

“I felt 100 percent ready” for the work force, said elementary education major Stephanie Griffin of Avilla, Ind. She jumped into her career soon after student teaching at Manchester Elementary in North Manchester and graduation last May. Today, she is a first-grade teacher for Butler Elementary School in northeast Indiana.

During her job interviews, some administrators told her “they would choose a Manchester University graduate over a graduate from another college because of our career readiness, work ethic and general outlook.”

Year after year, the reports reflect consistent success – at a five-year average of 94 percent – despite the rough economy.  Every 2013 MU accounting graduate is employed. Many locked in their jobs months before commencement. More than 15 percent of the May grads majored in education. All employed, mostly in Indiana.

That MU alumni loyalty to Indiana is helping to ensure the young Hoosier brain trust thrives. Manchester University is well represented in Indiana’s work force, and those new employees are inspiring youth from their hometowns to follow in their footsteps and attain a college degree that will result in employment.

Almost 20 percent of members of the Class of 2013 are earning advanced degrees at dentistry and law schools, and studying chemistry, physics and psychology. Some are at Manchester’s own College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne, pursuing a four-year professional doctorate. Many of the graduate degree seekers are research and teaching assistants at major universities.

Beth Wilson, a communication studies major from Cincinnati, is recruiting employees for Zoë Facility Services, which provides cleaning and security for Indianapolis businesses. “I would recommend Manchester to anyone,” says Wilson, noting her professors and campus colleagues prepared her for life outside of college.

There’s good reason for the post-graduation success for Manchester students:

  • Many serve internships or student teach during their MU career, building their resumes and making professional connections.
  • The MU Success Center helps students (and MU alumni) write resumes, practice job interviews and search for jobs.
  • MU faculty members have amazing connections in their fields and love to share advice and mentor students.
  • MU seniors have first-time success on CPA, the Praxis (Indiana’s test for teaching certification) and entrance exams for graduate and medical school.
  • MU students volunteer more than 40,000 hours annually – helping others less fortunate, tutoring, building houses and schools, helping to deliver medical aid in Central America, raising funds for charities – indicating to employers MU applicants care about others and want to help.

Manchester University offers an employment guarantee: a job or graduate school within six months of graduation or return for a full year, tuition-free. For more about Manchester University, its Triple Guarantee and graduates, visit www.manchester.edu.

March 2014