Wooster Graduates Continue to Make Their Mark

Report from career services office reflects success in the workforce and in pursuit of advanced degrees

26 August, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — College of Wooster graduates are having quite an impact on the workforce and in their pursuit of advanced degrees, according to a recent report by the College’s Office of Career Planning.

A survey of the Class of 2014, for example, found that nine of every 10 graduates secured employment within four months of graduation. Of that group, 70 percent managed to find positions in their preferred field. For students who chose to further their education, 94 percent were accepted to their top choice for graduate school with 44 percent in master’s programs and 21 percent pursing doctoral degrees. The remainder of the group was split evenly between law degrees, medical degrees, and education degrees.

Those who graduated from Wooster a year ago are scattered across 20 states and 10 countries, and they have quite a story to tell about their undergraduate experience, including Austin Oberlin, a biochemistry and molecular biology major at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. “My Wooster education prepared me for medical school in many ways,” he said. “Independent Study (Wooster’s nationally acclaimed senior capstone experience) taught me so much about learning on my own. I found that my study skills were far ahead of my classmates.”

Samantha McNelly, an economics major and a Peace Corps volunteer in Central Africa, said “knowing how to step back and absorb, analyze, and then act upon a problem is what I learned to do in every class at Wooster, and is what I do every day as a Peace Corps agribusiness volunteer.”

Antwan Chambers, a history major, and a participant in Teach for America in Brooklyn, N.Y., said, “my Wooster education shaped me into a critical thinker. I am able to dissect all thoughts and conversations in a deep and analytical manner — a skill I acquired at Wooster.”

Lisa Kastor, director of career planning, sees these outcomes as evidence of Wooster’s efforts to encourage students to begin planning early. “We’re seeing more students who are taking advantage of opportunities in APEX (Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning) and resources on campus long before their junior or senior year,” she said. “These results are a testament to their preparation and their intentionality.”