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Monmouth College Reports Graduates Are Getting Jobs

Monmouth College

Nearly all of last year's Monmouth College graduates are employed.

98 percent of respondents to the college's survey reported finding jobs or going to graduate school.

The Dean of Faculty at Monmouth College is Mark Willhardt.

"Part of what we do every year is we run what is called a "First Destination Survey." The idea is that we want to make sure that what we're doing in terms of career preparation is part of our curriculum."

Willhardt says those students who received Liberal Arts degrees report finding jobs in their fields, including at Fortune 500 companies.

"I think part of the reason that we've been successful is because even in that- before that second semester hits- they're thinking, 'Well, no. I'm already prepped, I'm ready to go."

Willhardt believes career readiness comes from Monmouth College's career services office as well as the requirement for community outreach and internships for graduation.

In the case of the two percent who didn't find jobs or go to graduate school yet, he says either they haven't been able to find a job in their field of study due to low demand, or were not accepted to schools into the graduate schools they applied to.

Susanna Kemerling is WVIK Quad Cities NPR's 2022 Fellowship Host/Reporter. She graduated from Northern Illinois University for Media Studies in Communication and spent the last year working as a Teaching Assistant through the graduate program at NIU.
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