The F. David Fowler Career Center announced that, among graduating seniors, 73 percent of the May 2011 GWSB undergraduate class accepted full-time jobs within 90 days of graduation, up from 71 percent last year.
The average starting salary for the 2011 graduates was $51,928 — a
13 percent increase over the $45,919 average reported for the Class of
2010. About 11 percent of the graduates planned to pursue advanced degrees.
Gil C. Yancey, director of the Career Center, said the numbers are a reflection of the “quality of the School’s academic programs, the support and flexibility of faculty who understand the current demands of the job market and students preparing themselves early.”
Yancey said the employment statistics were notable given the sluggish economy. The national unemployment rate is around 9 percent, and annual economic growth for 2011 is abysmal.
“This is worth celebrating now and also gives us momentum to build upon,” said Timothy L. Fort, associate dean for undergraduate programs and Lindner-Gambal Professor of Business Ethics.
Kathleen Duffy, the Career Center’s associate director of undergraduate services, said the employment figures should motivate this year’s seniors to avail themselves of the Center’s services.