Career Development

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The Purchase College, SUNY, Career Development Center conducted the 10th annual Life After Purchase Graduate Survey for the Class of 2014, with data collection beginning in six-eight months following commencement. Purchase College students, who engaged with Career Development services in their college years, were found to be more prepared for the job market and often more effective when seeking employment and entry to the professional world, and other post-graduate endeavors. 
Life After Purchase, Class of 2014: Executive Summary

Highlights from the Life after Purchase First Destination Survey:

  • 93% of graduates were found to be employed, enrolled graduate school or both at the time of the survey.
  • Of the graduates employed, 86% are employed only, full or part-time (an employment increase of 2.6%)
  • 14.4% are enrolled in graduate or professional school, (a decrease .2%) with 9.4% both employed AND in graduate school. Employers plan to hire 8.3% percent more new college graduates for their U.S. operations in 2014-2015 than they did 2013, according to results of NACE’s Job Outlook 2014 survey.
  • 91.7% of Purchase graduates surveyed (64% graduating class) had positive employment outcome that includes working full-time or part-time (including those self-employed, performing, artistic freelancing, serving in the military, gap year service, working and in graduate school or both).
  • 82.6% of the respondents from the Class of 2014 were employed only at the time of the survey, representing a 3.7% employment increase over last year’s class.
  • 59.7% (204) of the respondents reported that their employment was either related or somewhat related to their field of academic study
  • A persistent high of 73% of the respondents reported that as a result of their academic program, they are better prepared for their careers.
  • 73% of those respondents who either strongly agreed or agreed about career preparation at Purchase also used the Career Development Center
  • 83.4% of the 2014 graduate respondents participated in one or more CDC services and programs,
  • Our graduates are employed across 30 industries with the top 6 fields leading: arts & entertainment, education, media and communications, health care, public services/law and business.
  • 9.4% of the 2014 graduates have reported some form of self-employment, many visual and performing artists. 5.5% are self-employed full-time and 3.9% are self-employed part-time with both types of employment experiencing a decrease.
  • 68.3% of the self-employed are working directly in the arts field, where they are working as artist freelancers, performers, (music, theater or dance) or may be involved with other entrepreneurial and creative ventures.

For more information about the 2014 graduates, please view the Life after Purchase Survey Executive Summary or contact the Career Development Center.

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Updated 6/15