In a 1987 study, College of Agriculture students indicated concern about their preparation for next steps after graduation. A follow-up study was conducted to get specific information on career experiences of graduates and to compare outcomes of graduates from two broad, general curricula with those from specialized departments. Results showed that graduates from the general cicrricula faired better or as well as those from specialized curricula in time necessary to locate jobs, beginning and current salaries, and in types of jobs acquired. Less than ten percent said they felt prepared for next steps after graduation and some required nearly a year to find full-time employment. Though the study is not definitive, it does permit questions about departmental and university responsibility for students' career options and actions.



career options, employment after graduation

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