The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


August 22, 2013

Editorial: Job outlook generally good for college, AU graduates

Here is one of a parent’s greatest anxieties: How will my children make a living when they grow up?

Parents entrust so much of that decision to outside influences — friends, family, the child, of course, and educational opportunities.

The value of obtaining a college degree has been shown time and again.

A salary survey from the National Association of Colleges and Employers had some good news for 2012 college graduates. The overall median salary for new grads rose to $43,000, up 4.5 percent from the median for the class of 2011.

Although the debate goes back and forth, college — even if it involves a carefully considered loan — is worth it. Of course, the caveat is that a degree may not be for everyone, the Brookings Institution noted this year. And, by the way, public schools tend to have higher return on a family’s investment than private schools — because of the costs associated with private schools.

Sadly, fewer than 60 percent of the students who enter four-year colleges finish within six years. Families have to understand the prospect of sending a child to college, and whether debt should be incurred. Expectations must be set, and met.

Anderson University recently released encouraging news about its Class of 2012. A survey was taken of graduates and responses came from 388 of 396 bachelor’s degree recipients, representing 98 percent of the 2012 graduating class. Of those respondents, 70 percent were still living in Indiana.

Of that group, 85 percent had found full-time or part-time jobs in the field related to their major. Another 10 percent were pursuing further education, according to the university’s Career Development Center.

In other words, the job outlook isn’t gloomy for AU grads. And such prospects should sound good to students who are considering AU, and AU students, of course, who are nearing graduation.

This is more than positive news for college recruiters. The statistics should be encouraging for families with students in high school. They must look at the numbers realistically and determine whether the financial investment will pay off. In other words, will their children find a career in their chosen field after four years of college classes? AU students are finding that they will likely be able to follow their chosen career path.

That might help in easing one of the anxieties all parents experience.

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