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2012 Manchester graduates find

success in jobs, graduate school

Manchester graduates are striding into their career paths, defying the jobless rates. More than 94 percent of Manchester’s 2012 May graduates began jobs, graduate study or full-time volunteer service within six months of receiving their diplomas.

It’s a trend for Manchester University, with a 94 percent five-year average of post-graduate job success by Thanksgiving.

Computer science major Alex Hokanson is thriving as an automation engineer for Interactive Intelligence in Indianapolis. The May 2012 grad says his alma mater prepared him well for his new career of writing software and running automated “de-bugging” tests.

“Manchester gave me a taste of a broad range of possibilities and sparked my want for knowledge,” he says. “Since I left school, I have learned five new programming languages, enabling me to work on projects ranging from automation testing to desktop software to video games to mobile software.”

Other Manchester 2012 graduates are stretching their skills at accounting firms, schools, biomedical companies, marketing firms and in many other career paths. They are English teachers, management trainees, conservationists, chemists, bankers, fitness trainers and more.

Almost a fifth are back in school – studying law, medicine, nursing, chemistry, sociology, religion, environmental management, dentistry. Three are on a four-year path to a professional doctorate at the MU College of Pharmacy in Fort Wayne.

Of the 177 employed graduates, 133 are in their Manchester field of study. And 71 percent are remaining in Indiana to work and study – contributing to the brain power of the Hoosier state.

Manchester is serious about preparing its students for post-graduation success. “During students’ senior year, we provide personalized career coaching to help students identify their post-graduation goals and pursue them,” says Liz Bushnell, MU director of Career Services. “Every senior is assigned a personal career coach who connects with them on a monthly basis, offering advice and resources for every step of the job search and graduate school process.”

MU remains true to its graduates, sharing its Career Services with alumni of any age.

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 guarantees and graduates, visit

February 2013



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