Quote from AtomicWoman
The Philly job market is extremely tough for new grads right now. I'd bet my house that Drexel does not have a 100% placement rate or anything near that for the last several graduating ACE classes. I know new Jefferson FACT grads aren't getting offers these days.
Oh I'm sure. When I was still planning to doing my prerequisites and planning to apply to Jeff too, I remember hearing that the students who got a scholarship
for work contract (who you think would be given first pic preference since they'd already been invested in) were having hard times placed at Jeff, and then my husband found out they are on a hiring freeze when he tried to get an ER tech job. I hear a lot of the same things about other hospitals. And this was a year and a half/two years ago.
Still, it's nice to try to get a sense of how helpful the school's reputation is, how supportive they are in the job hunt, and how beneficial having (a very expensive!) BSN over an ASN is in a competitive market. I don't think numbers will really reflect what's going on currently completely, but if the class that graduated recently is doing alright right now, I'd feel a little reassured.
I turned down CCP in favor of Drexel, and as the economy worsens I just get nervous that I've made a bad financial decision. And I'd really like to be able to stay in Philly- it's taken me 3 years, but I do not hate it here anymore