Ivy Leaf - Spring 2003

Penn State Altoona Graduate Success


Despite unfavorable trends nationally in the employment market, the majority of recent Penn State Altoona graduates have had success finding jobs or furthering their education. Penn State Altoona's Class of 2001 (graduates from fall 2000, spring 2001, and fall 2001) was surveyed by the College's career services office to determine employment and graduate school placement trends. Of the 89 percent of graduates who responded to the survey, 63 percent had found employment nine months after graduation, 34 percent were pursuing further education, and three percent were seeking employment.

Out of the students who found employment, 90 percent of them were employed full time and 87 percent were employed in a field related to their major. Students who took employment outside of their field of study were geographically bound to the area. The majority of graduating students were concentrated in the fields of business, engineering, and nursing. The slowing economy, however, has not had much effect on the ability of many new graduates to command top dollars, especially in the fields of engineering and nursing.

The success of Penn State Altoona's Class of 2001 was greatly aided by the College's active Career Services Office, headed by Career Services Director Rebecca Maguda. "The Career Services Office continues to assist alumni in seeking employment in their field of study," Maguda says. "Our staff encourages them to post their resumes on the College Central Network and refers them to upcoming job fair dates. Employers also continue to seek candidates who have developed their skills through internships so they can hit the ground running once they begin their job, so we encourage students to explore a variety of internship opportunities."