College of Communication Graduates See Gains in Career Outcomes in 2015

College of Communication degree holders are in demand, as demonstrated by a considerable increase in overall career outcome rates of our graduates in 2015. DePaul’s Office of Career Services complies data annually to determine career outcome rates – employment, advanced study or non-seeking – six months after students graduate. College of Communication graduates experienced noteworthy gains in in 2015, on both the bachelor’s and master’s degree levels. Moreover, the percentage of graduates from the College employed or enrolled in continuing education is 7 % higher than the national average.

World Ready: Because of a diverse curriculum based on theory and research, a community of teacher-mentors, and countless hands-on learning opportunities, Communication students emerge ready and prepared for the workforce and advanced study. This preparation is apparent in the overall high career outcome rates for the Class of 2015. For bachelor’s degree recipients the career outcomes rate is 95%, up seven points above 2014. For master’s degree holders, the career outcomes rate is 94%, up six points from 2014.

In Demand: Media and Cinema Studies and Public Relations and Advertising are the majors that led way in Communication’s high gains in employment between 2014 and 2015. Notably, graduates in Journalism experienced the largest gain in overall career outcomes, with a rate of 96% in for bachelor’s degree holders, up 19 points over 2014. For master’s degree holders, the increase was 8 points to a rate of 93%.

Well-Rounded: Not only have graduates experienced improved career outcomes, they are undaunted in their pursuits. Twenty-one percent of bachelor’s degree recipients ventured out on their own — as entrepreneurs, contractors and freelancers. For master’s degrees recipients, the rate is even higher, 27%.

Prepared From Day One: The versatility of communication degree holders is highly valued across industries and professions. Not only are our graduates working in business, non-profit and government, 80% of bachelor’s degree holders and 91% of master’s degree recipients are working full-time in a roles directly related to their degrees.

View the full picture of all 2015 career outcomes for the College of Communication, including industry and employer information on the Career Outcomes section of the Office of Career Services website.

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