Huntsman Post

Nearly 90% of Recent Grads Satisfied With Full-Time Positions

Becky Kelley at Graduation

Becky Kelley graduated in spring 2012

By Nadiah Johari

A recent survey conducted by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business found that about 80% of its recent graduates who were looking for work found full-time jobs. It also showed that nearly 90% of the students who landed full-time positions were satisfied with their jobs.

The survey asked students who graduated during the 2012 academic year if, at this point in their careers, they were satisfied with their full-time jobs. The responses showed that 85% of graduate students and 88% of undergraduate students said they were satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs. Those numbers did not take into account students who had graduated but planned to continue their formal academic training before entering the workforce.

The survey also found that 66% of graduate students and 77% of undergraduate students went to work in Utah. This may be due, in part, to more favorable economic conditions in Utah. In October, the unemployment rate in Utah was 5.4% while it was 7.8% nationally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The survey was administered to 308 graduate students and 594 undergraduates who finished school in the 2012 academic year. There were 180 graduate students and 205 undergraduates who responded.

Frank Caliendo, associate dean for academic affairs, said that although the numbers are encouraging, there is still room for improvement for the business school.

“The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business aspires to become a top-tier business school, and student success is our primary purpose,” Dr. Caliendo said. “Meaningful classroom instruction combined with out-of-class mentoring and learning opportunities at the Huntsman School are designed to prepare students for good jobs.”

The survey results showed that 39% of undergraduates opt for post-graduate work. The data revealed that 95% of students decided to work after they earned their master’s degrees.

“We care about the value of the education that we provide and we sincerely want all of our students to succeed, including those students who are pursuing their post-graduate academic goals,” Dr. Caliendo said.