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Reversing Long Island's Brain Drain: Vast Majority of Farmingdale State College Alumni Employed Within Six Months of Graduation

April 2, 2019

Farmingdale State College's most recent survey of alumni – 2017-2018 - reveals that 94% of baccalaureate degree recipients are employed and/or continuing their education within six months of graduation. Of that group, 73% are working full-time and 95% are working in Metro New York, with the majority (82%) working on Long Island.


Seventy-one percent of employed respondents are working in a new job related to their degree (39%) or continuing in a related job (32%).


The 2017-2018 "Six Months after Graduation Report" was completed by 23% of the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018.


Other highlights of the survey include:
• Among baccalaureate degree recipients whose positions are related to their degree, 62% secured their jobs prior to graduation.
• 70% of the employed graduates said they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with their preparation at Farmingdale State College. This percentage goes up to 79% among those working in a job related to their major.
• 20% of baccalaureate respondents who are employed reported annual salaries of at least $60,000. 38% reported annual salaries of $40,000 or more.
• 32% of respondents reported having done an internship at Farmingdale. Of that group, 53% were offered a permanent position at the company where they interned. 41% of those responding to the survey got their internship through a Farmingdale instructor or a Farmingdale internship program.
• Baccalaureate survey respondents received degrees in majors from the School of Business (42%), School of Engineering Technology (26%), School Health Sciences (8%) and School of Arts and Sciences (24%).

Farmingdale assists students in gaining satisfying employment in several ways, including enlisting executives from business and industry to help advise the College on the development of academic programs, so the degrees are shaped to equip students with the critical skills needed to succeed in the work place. The College also maintains extensive internship and experiential learning programs, networking opportunities with alumni, regular jobs fairs, and tutelage in job interviewing and resume writing through its Nexus Center for Applied Learning & Career Development.

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