ANDERSON -- Anderson University graduate Aimee Cottle was one of those who faced down the tough economy and won, finding a job in her field of study shortly after graduation.
Not every young graduate can tell the same story, but many of Cottle’s fellow graduates do have similar tales of success.
AU’s Career Development Center recently released a placement report representing the class of 2012, with results showing 85 percent of respondents had found full-time or part-time employment in a field related to their major while 10 percent were continuing their education.
The report is based on responses from 388 out of 396 bachelor’s degree recipients, representing 98 percent of the 2012 graduating class. Of those who responded, 70 percent reported that they are still in Indiana.
“We’re really excited,” said Brent Baker, vice president for Student Affairs. “We think it’s a good representation of the education a student can get at Anderson University.”
AU graduates’ success finding work mirrors a national trend. A New York Times article in May pointed out that the unemployment rate among people who graduated from college in the 2000s stood at just 5.6 percent, about three times below the rate for those with only a high school diploma or GED certification.
Cottle has worked at Fishhook, a public relations firm that assists Christian groups in Indianapolis, for about a week now. But before that, she’d worked at a large marketing corporation for about a year -- a job she got right after graduation.
She left her old job for Fishook because it was “the better fit.” Her AU education has helped her find her way professionally, she added.
“The great thing about Anderson is that it’s a small campus ... but gives the opportunities a big campus does,” Cottle said.
She said she gained confidence and built relationships while at AU, where she worked as a student in the university’s public relations firm. Four out of the nine employees at Fishook are AU grads.