NOTE: a version of this post originally appeared last year on michaelgowin.com.
One of my colleagues in the admissions department at Lincoln Christian University forwarded me an email from a prospective student who asked two really good questions: what percentage of LCU business administration graduates get work, and do they get hired by businesses that aren’t explicitly “Christian.”
Here’s how I responded:
Thanks for your interest in LCU and in the Business Administration program. I’m happy to answer your questions.
While we don’t track hiring statistics on students after graduation, most find work in the months after they finish. Of course, a lot of that depends on the individual student–their interests, personality/character, and hustle.
One recent graduate, Ben, applied for more than 50 jobs, received a few offers and turned down a couple before choosing the right one. He wrote me a letter to share with my students–you can read it here. By the way, feel free to poke around my blog a bit; it will give you a little insight into the things I like to share with my students. Since you’re just getting started with school, you have the opportunity to “begin with the end in mind” (as Stephen Covey says). See here and here for some things to keep in mind as you go through college.
You also asked whether companies that aren’t “Christian” hire LCU graduates. Absolutely! While a few Bus. Admin. graduates have been hired here at LCU in recent years (including Brandon) and a few find employment in the church or nonprofit sector, most of our recent graduates work in the private sector. We have graduates at State Farm Insurance and Country Financial, a bank manager in southern Indiana, an editor at a large book publisher in Indianapolis, a sales manager for a seed company in Illinois, people working in marketing and software development in the IT field, entrepreneurs, and people in healthcare services. And those are just the few that I’m personally connected with.
As you continue to consider your college choice, there are two things you’ll find that make our business program different from others. One is the emphasis on real world projects. In most of your business classes at LCU, you’ll have some kind of team project that will have you and other students working with local businesses and organizations. In a marketing class, for example, you may work with a coffee shop staff to help them find ways to reach new customers. For a management class, you may organize and run a fundraising event for a nonprofit. In a human resources class, you’ll lead training on some HR topic for a business’ employees. In a sense, these projects become mini-internships that enable you to gain real skills as well as to meet and work with business professionals.
Secondly, we’re concerned not only with what you learn but–perhaps more importantly–with the kind of person you are becoming. Our graduates find work and do well because they are the kind of people employers want: they work hard, they have integrity, they’re kind and loving to their coworkers and customers, they solve problems (instead of creating them). Why? Because they know people are created in the image of God and that our work matters. These are the qualities businesses need in the people they hire, and we’ll do our best to reinforce them as you learn here.
Is that helpful?
Feel free to contact me if you like. I’d also be happy to put you in touch with some of our students or graduates.
Michael S. Gowin, MA, MBA
Associate Professor of Business Administration
Lincoln Christian University
100 Campus View Drive
Lincoln, IL 62656