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There are a lot of reasons people to go to college these days. To have new experiences. To learn to think critically. To study subjects they’re passionate about. But we sometimes overlook a huge reason we choose a higher education over another path – more career opportunities.
These days, getting a job without some sort of education is increasingly difficult. But since the economic downturn started in 2007, it’s even been tricky for high-achieving college grads to find a career in their field. That’s why we’ve decided to round up a few colleges and universities that place a huge emphasis on preparing their students for careers in the real world and helping them find jobs. Check them out and add a few to your college list!
Location: Stevenson, MD
Size: 3,900 students
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- “Imagine Your Future. Design Your Career.” It’s Stevenson University’s tagline, showing just how much the school cares about giving everyone on campus the career prep and counseling they need.
- Stevenson was awarded the Maryland Career Development Association’s Organizational Career Planning Award in 2013.
- A Stevenson survey showed 91 percent of grads were employed or continuing their education within six months of completing their degree program.
- Calculate your chances of getting into Stevenson University.
- Almost 87 percent of grads reported they were in a continuing education program or employed in their field of study, according to Gannon’s undergraduate 2013-2014 Placement Report.
- The same report showed the unemployment rate for Gannon grads was only 2 percent – far lower than the national average!
- Why do Gannon grads have such a low unemployment rate? The university offers students access to mock interviews, recruitment fairs, resume and cover letter assistance, and career planning workshops.
- Calculate your chances of getting into Gannon University.
Location: Austin, TX
Size: 5,400 students
- Eighty percent of St. Edward’s students gain workplace experience before graduation, giving them a competitive advantage when searching for jobs.
- Development counselors help students create a four-year career action plan, helping them prepare for the future and recognize the steps they need to take to make their goals a reality.
- Students get a chance to conduct intensive research, work on creative projects, and participate in fellowships to give them the skills they need to succeed in the workplace.
- Calculate your chances of getting into St. Edward’s University.
Location: Macon, GA
Size: 8,200 students
- Mercer University was named one of America’s Top Colleges nine times in a row and the school’s programs are regularly recognized on lists released by the Princeton Review and U.S. News.
- Mercer has career services staffers who are there to help students search for jobs, network, and help you update your resume and cover letter before sending off applications.
- The Career Services office is staffed with mentors who can help you prep for interviews and ask you mock interview questions to make you feel more comfortable when there’s a job on the line.
- Calculate your chances of getting into Mercer University.
Location: Elmhurst, IL
Size: 3,400 students
- From the very beginning, Elmhurst students participate in internships, job shadowing, and mentoring and also receive personalized attention to determine which major and career paths are right for them.
- Freshmen have the chance to take part in the First Leap program, which combines academic work with visits to businesses and nonprofits, building a student’s knowledge of work environments and giving them the chance to build their networks.
- Calculate your chances of getting into Elmhurst College.
Earning potential is one of the big reasons for getting a college degree. But the difference in how much you can make in certain fields is surprising. We hear a lot about how getting a STEM degree can give you more job opportunities and better pay, but is that actually true? It does look like people with math, engineering, and computer science degrees are raking in the big bucks compared to people who study education and social sciences. Here’s a look at the average earnings for some popular college majors.
Still trying to decide which major will fit your interests and still give you the ability to earn a living? Take our Careers and Majors quiz to find out what’s right for you.
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