Ivy Leaf - Fall 2004

Where Are They Now?

A look at the career paths of the Class of 2002


Through the efforts of the College's Career Services Office, the Class of 2002 was surveyed to determine employment and graduate school placement trends.* Nine months after graduation, 73% of the Class of 2002 had attained employment, 23% pursued further education (including baccalaureate or master's degrees), and 4% were seeking employment.

Employed — 73%

Full-time — 88%

Part-time — 12%

Employed in field related to major — 85%

Employed in field outside major — 15%

Pursuing further education — 23%

Baccalaureate degree — 85%

Master's degree — 13%

Seeking employment — 4%

The overall mission of the College's Career Services Office is to support and challenge students and alumni in achieving their career goals. To meet this goal, Career Services offers career planning and job search skills through workshops including Dos and Don'ts When Dining with Employers, Resume/Cover Letters, Job Hunting Strategies, Interviewing, and Graduate School. The annual Penn State Altoona Job Fair attracted 39 employers this past year. In addition to helping current students, the Career Services staff is committed to helping alumni with their employment searches.

For information about Career Services, to find out how you can participate in upcoming Job Fairs, or to connect with Penn State Altoona students as future employees for your business, contact the Office of Career Services at 814-949-5058.

*For the purposes of this survey, 306 graduates were considered to be the Penn State Altoona Class of 2002. Of 306 graduates, 264 or 86% responded to the survey. Resultant data is based upon total number of respondents, not total number of graduates.