First Destination Report
Albion College is interested in what happens to our students once they graduate. Each year the Career and Internship Center surveys graduates to gather information on what they are doing in the areas of employment, graduate / professional school, and volunteer service. This information is used by the Career and Internship Center and other departments at Albion College to continue to change and improve the services we provide our students and alumni.
First Destination Reports
We want to include you in our next First Destination Report! The survey for the Class of 2015 is now available. Please take the time to visit the link below and complete the survey.
Albion College Graduate Outcome Survey
Ten Years Out
The College also recently completed a survey of the class of 2001 to see where alumni are on their career paths ten years after graduation. The results are part of a new brochure that includes profiles of recent alumni and describes the benefits of an Albion hands-on educaiton.
View the brochure
Fifteen Years Out
Recently, Albion graduates without higher degrees who completed a PayScale.com survey reported a mid-career (approximately 15 years' experience) median salary of $79,100. This compares favorably to many schools in the Midwest as well as liberal arts colleges nationally.
See PayScale's list for Midwestern colleges and universities
See PayScale's list for national liberal arts colleges
Cover Letter Format Outline
City, State, Zip Code
Name of Individual
Title of Individual
Name of Organization
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Ms. / Mr. / Dr.________:
Opening Paragraph: Attract attention. Clearly state the reason for writing; name the position or type of work you are applying for. Identify how you heard about the opening, or how the employer’s name was obtained (i.e., Albion College Career and Internship Center; Professor Smith in the English Department at Albion College; etc.). Introduce your themes.
Second and Third Paragraphs: Outline your strongest qualifications that match the position requirements based on the themes you selected. As much as possible, provide evidence of your related experiences and accomplishments. Describe what you can do for the employer, rather than what they can do for you. Point out your specific achievements and unique qualifications that are relevant to the position. Try not to state information using the same words you used in the resume.
Fourth Paragraph: Suggest an action plan. Make reference to your enclosed resume and restate your interest by indicating your availability for a personal interview. Either suggest a time or state your willingness to come at the convenience of the individual employer.
Fifth Paragraph: Express appreciation to the reader for his or her time and consideration.
Possible Interview Questions
Following are a list of questions commonly asked by potential employers. Review this list and pre-plan possible responses. This will help you feel at ease during the interview.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What school activities have you participated in? Why?
- If you have not been active on campus, why not?
- Have you held any leadership roles? If so, what were they and what did you learn from these experiences?
- Why/how did you choose Albion College?
- What is your major? Why/how did you choose that major? If you were to start over, would you choose it again? Why/why not?
- What were you favorite/least favorite classes? Why?
- Do you feel you have done the best scholastic work you are capable of? Why/why not?
- What is the single most important statement you would make about your experiences at Albion College?
- What are your greatest strengths/weaknesses? What are you doing to improve any weaknesses?
- What personal characteristics do you think are necessary for success in this field?
- How do you work under pressure? Can you give me an example?
- Give me an example of when you worked as a team leader/player.
- What is the toughest group you've had to get cooperation from?
- Tell me about your past work experiences. What did you like most and least about these jobs?
- Have you ever been a member of a group where members did not get along or work well together? What did you learn from this experience?
- What interests you about this position/organization?
- Describe a situation that required you to do many things at once. How did you handle this?
- What are two or three things that are most important for you to have in a job/position?
- Describe a major problem you've encountered. How did you handle this?
- Describe a project or idea you initiated.
- Describe an unpopular decision you made. What was the result?
- What do you consider to be your most significant accomplishment? Why?
- Describe the relationship you think should exist between a supervisor and supervisee.
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What do you know about this organization?
- Tell me about something creative you've done in a past job.
- If you were hiring someone for this position, what qualities would you look for in a candidate?
- Why should we hire you?
Questions commonly asked of teacher candidates
- What is your philosophy of education?
- What issues in education are of greatest concern to you? Why?
- Describe the role of the teacher in the learning process.
- What is the role of the teacher in the community?
- How would you individualize instruction in your classroom?
- Why do you want to teach?
- What special abilities do you have that would benefit your students?
- What prompted you to go into the field of education?
- Describe your grading style. Do you grade on ability or effort? Why?
- Tell me about your student teaching experience.
- How do you feel about observations by supervisors or principals?
- Are you interested in working with students in extracurricular activities? Why/why not? Which activities?
- What subject areas most interest you?
- How do you think children learn?
- What magazines, periodicals, books have you read recently related to education?
- What is your philosophy of classroom management? Give me an example of how you handled a discipline problem during your student teaching.
- What are your thoughts on teaching a split grade?
- Give me an example of a time where you contributed to a project.
- What did you find most beneficial in your student teaching experience?
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