Does Attending a Christian College Hurt Your Chances of Employment?

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(PHOTO: SHUTTERSTOCK)Researchers found that when it comes to employing graduates, most employers don’t indicate clear bias toward or against graduates of Bible colleges or Christian universities.

Does attending a Christian college or university hurt your chances of employment? The answer is “no,” according to a study highlighting attitudes about faith-based higher education.

The study, conducted by the Barna Group in collaboration with the Association for Biblical Higher Education, asked hiring managers about their general willingness to hire Bible or Christian college graduates, and about their perceptions of these graduates’ preparedness in a variety of areas.

Researchers found that when it comes to employing graduates, most employers don’t indicate clear bias toward or against graduates of Bible colleges or Christian universities. In fact, a majority of employers (69 percent) said they are “just as likely” to call these candidates as any others for an interview.

Unsurprisingly, 72 percent of Christian employers are somewhat more likely to call graduates of a Bible or Christian college, while employers of another faith or no faith are somewhat less likely.

Based on the data, it’s reasonable for these graduates, depending on the religious inclinations of a particular hiring manager, to “expect occasional pushback based on assumptions about their alma mater,” the authors said.

The majority of employers also say they expect Bible college and Christian university graduates to be “very well” or “somewhat prepared” when it comes to maturity, effective communication and teamwork.

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