The Class of 2017 Employment Status, a pre-disclosed report

Infographic by Jessica Mathews

Infographic by Jessica Mathews

At six months past graduation, the Class of 2017 has an estimated employment status of 89.7%, according to research performed and verified by The Empire State Tribune staff.

The Class of 2017 has an estimated higher employment status than the Class of 2015 by 2.7% (89.3%) , but falls short of the employment status of the Class of 2016 by 8.3% (98%).

By major, 100% of two job-seeking Finance majors, 96% of 25 job-seeking Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) majors, 92.3% of 27 job-seeking Media, Culture, and the Arts (MCA) majors, and 80% of 25 job-seeking Business majors were employed within six months of graduation.

A total of 5.9% students (five students) took positions at The King’s College upon graduation. Of King’s graduate students working at the school, 80% (four students) were MCA majors.

What it means to be considered employed

A student is considered by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) to be employed if he or she has full-time job (over 30 hours) or part-time job(under 30 hours). Graduates may be self-employed, freelance or contract workers, and work part-time to be included. The King’s College uses the NACE definition of employment to calculate their own ratios.

It is important to note that, for purposes of this estimate, The Empire State Tribune Staff discluded internships and part-time employment in the ratio and mandated that individuals considered employed actively pay taxes from their income to the United States Federal Government. Freelance, contract, and self-employed individuals were considered employed in this estimate.


This number was calculated based on data from 86 out of 96 graduating students. There are 10 employment statuses that could not be accounted for and are therefore excluded from the estimate (90% knowledge rate).

One student is not seeking employment and is, by definition, not included in the ratio. Five students in graduate school and two students in internships are not included in the ratio for purposes of a more informational ratio.

There were 59 responses based off of data from Career Services, which necessitates either direct communication from Staff or direct responses from a Career Service survey. Additionally, 27 responses are based off data from Empire State Tribune staff, which was collected directly or through confirmed sources.

The King’s College estimates come from an 89.3% and 85% knowledge rate from 2015 and 2016, respectively.

This number is meant to be an estimation and may not precisely reflect, nor is meant to be used to precisely reflect the employment status of the Class of 2017. This estimate is to be used 1) as a gauge before The King’s College releases its own estimations of employment status and 2) as a comparison based on previous estimates due to internship and part-time employment inclusion.