Looking Ahead to Jobs and Careers

How Elmhurst Prepares You for a Lifetime of Achievement

We know that one of the reasons you’re going to college is to prepare for your first job—and for a whole lifetime of professional achievement. Elmhurst College will help you make informed choices that will lead you to a satisfying and meaningful future. You’ll meet leading professionals from a wide range of fields. You’ll choose from among hundreds of internships with top employers. And you’ll complete a program of study that’s both rigorously intellectual and deeply practical as you prepare to reach your full potential. Here’s how it works.

In the classroom, you’ll connect, question, share, confront and encounter the world in a whole new way.

Elmhurst empowers you as an individual and prepares you to deal with three hallmarks of today’s world: diversity, complexity and change. We challenge and support you as you work to attain both a real understanding of the wider world and a measurable degree of mastery in a specific field of academic and professional interest. You’ll learn to write, think, analyze and solve problems at a whole new level, and you’ll apply your knowledge and skills in real-world settings. It’s a powerful combination.

93% of employers agree that “a job candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems” is the most important in hiring decisions.

You’ll test your knowledge in the real world.

Starting in your first year, our amazing cohort of professional mentors will invite you to draw on their wisdom and know-how. You’ll have a chance to shadow accomplished professionals as they engage clients and colleagues, and make tough decisions on the job. As you define your professional goals, our great internship program will allow you to learn first-hand what particular careers look like on the inside. Most Elmhurst internships offer course credit; all provide invaluable insight and experience.

94% of employers endorse educational practices such as internships that involve students in active work where they can apply their learning in real-world settings.

You’ll discover not only what you want to do but who you want to become.

Your Elmhurst experience starts with a direct question: “What will you stand for?” You’ll hear it first at Orientation and then expressed in different ways throughout your Elmhurst career. The question suggests a whole philosophy of education. We take you seriously. And we take college seriously. Our goal is to educate the entire student for life, work and success in a global society. We seek to graduate individuals who are ready to meet their obligations to their professions and society.

91% of employers say that they’re seeking candidates who demonstrate ethical judgment and integrity, intercultural skills, and the capacity for continued new learning.

You’ll have total access to the most innovative centers for professional development at any college in the Chicago area.

Our three centers are a unique part of an Elmhurst education. They’ll play a special part in helping you to succeed and grow—academically, professionally, socially and even spiritually. They’ll be your partners as you become the person you want to be. So check our Center for Professional Excellence, Patterson Center for the Health Professions, and Niebuhr Center for Faith and Action. They have a lot to offer you, including internships, professional mentoring, career education, service-learning, international experiences and much more.

83% of Elmhurst undergraduates complete a professional internship or otherwise gain on-the-job experience as part of their Elmhurst Experience. 

Here’s the bottom line: An Elmhurst education is one of the best investments you can make.

Most of the benefits of an Elmhurst education—like the capacity to learn for a lifetime—are profound, lasting and intangible. But some of the rewards are tangible. For example, the moment you earn your Elmhurst degree, your options for jobs and for graduate and professional study increase exponentially. Your ability to prosper through economic uncertainty expands significantly. And your average earning potential grows dramatically.  

Consider these facts:

  • In 2013, the unemployment rate for college graduates was 3.9%. For the workforce as a whole, it was 7.5%.
  • Since the start of the recession in 2008, the number of college-educated persons with jobs has risen by 9%. The number of high school-educated persons with jobs has fallen by 9%.
  • The typical full-time employee with a bachelor’s degree earns 79% more than a similar employee with a high school diploma only. In terms of median lifetime earnings, that adds up to an additional $1 million.
  • The monetary benefits of a college degree are equivalent to an investment that returns 15.2% a year, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. That’s more than double the average return to stock market investments since 1950. It’s more than five times the return to gold, corporate bonds, long-term government bonds, or home ownership. So if you’re asking yourself, ‘Is college worth it?’ the answer, in strictly monetary terms, is yes. The return on investment on a college degree is high.

93.3% of Elmhurst College graduates were employed full-time or pursuing an advanced degree within one year of graduation in June 2012.

You’ll find Elmhurst College graduates contributing meaningfully to the success of thousands of great corporations, organizations and institutions. For example:

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