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Mount St. Mary’s University Ranked as Top College for Employment in Maryland

Mount St. Mary's Career Center is #1

Mount St. Mary’s University Career Center supports students career development from the day they take their first steps on campus as a new student, after they graduate and even as alumni.

EMMITSBURG, Md. (June 8, 2018) – Mount St. Mary’s University ranks as the No. 1 college for employment in Maryland and No. 21 in the nation, according to the career-guidance site Zippia.

The researchers used the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) to identify the college in each state with the highest listed job placement ratings, looking specifically at employment levels at year 10 after students have graduated. Then, they examined the ratings themselves and ranked each state’s top school according to their rating. The Mount’s 10-year placement rate is 93.97 percent, outranking such prestigious universities as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Vanderbilt University.

 “This achievement is proof of the value of a liberal arts education. The Mount’s faculty and Career Center do an excellent job of preparing students for the workplace,” said Mount St. Mary’s University President Timothy E. Trainor, Ph.D. “Our 10-year placement rate will become even more impressive in the coming years. Within one year of graduation, 98 percent of the Class of 2016 reported that they were either employed or in graduate school. That number is based on a 90 percent knowledge rate.”

The Mount St. Mary’s University Career Center provides students with the guidance, skills, and tools to define and seek their career or graduate school path after graduation. The Center works with all freshmen students to create a resume which they present to their advisors during advising meetings in October of their first semester. This fosters an environment where students focus not only on academic achievements, but projects and activities outside of the classroom that help build their portfolio, according to Clare Tauriello, director of the Career Center. Students also receive assistance to identify their academic major.

The Career Center also offers the Career Pathways program, which connects students with employers in a variety of industries who are alumni or friends of the Mount. Activities include networking events, panels, mentoring opportunities, career fairs, on-campus recruitment, internships, and jobs. Pathways in finance, accounting, government, STEM, sales, education, marketing, and writing are available for students.

“The Mount’s small size gives us the ability to provide a personalized, one-on-one experience for students,” Tauriello said. “From teaching the proper way to dress professionally and shake hands, to creating an outstanding resume, we are focused on beginning early career planning with students, while guiding them through the Pathways program.”