Source: Post-Graduation Report
Based on the Post-Graduation Survey of new graduates completing undergraduate degrees in that academic year.

Survey respondents who indicate employment (not continuing education) are asked:
Which best describes the source of your first contact with the employer (organization, company, agency) whose job you accepted?

In the Post-Graduation Survey of new graduates completing undergraduate degrees in that academic year, survey respondents who indicate employment (not continuing education) are asked: Which best describes the source of your first contact with the employer (organization, company, agency) whose job you accepted? 

By looking at multiple years and comparing colleges you see trends and variance with the economy and by career fields, we can see that networking has been the top or second-to-top method for almost every college for almost every graduating cohort. The top methods used by Virginia Tech students for finding jobs are:

  1. Worked for employer before 23-29%
    Variance by college: 17-36%
    Worked for this employer (person or organization) in the past (through volunteer work, a part-time job, summer job, internship, co-op, undergraduate research project or other type of work relationship).
    Note that employers who hire students during college for internships, etc., call this "conversion" when those interns convert to post-grad employees. Employers like to do this; investing in training an intern pays off when the former intern becomes a post-grad employee. According to a survey by NACE [National Association of Colleges and Employers] of their member employers, respondents (N=280) said they converted 58.6% of their class of 2011 interns into full-time hires.
  2. Networking 22-26%
    Variance by college: 15-45%
    Networking includes contacts through: family, friends, faculty/staff, alumni, fellow members of clubs/organizations, current/former employers.
  3. Career fair 14-21%
    Variance by college: 0-27%
    Varies by college and year, and the economy and the type of employer. A stronger economy means more employers visiting campus. But even in a strong economy, many employers do not recruit by this means. And in a weak economy, some employers still do recruit by this means.
  4. On-Campus Interview / Hokies4Hire 9-13%
    Variance by college: 0-25%
    Employers who specifically want to recruit VT students and graduates may do so using Hokies4Hire and visiting campus to conduct interviews. This varies with the economy and type of employer, but even in a weak economy, employers are actively recruiting VT students and grads.
  5. Employer's website 7-9%
    Variance by college: 2-16%
    Job seeker found job directly on the employer's web site.
  6. Online job board | website 6-7%
    Variance by college: 0-15%
    Job seeker found job advertised online.

Review the Post-Graduation Report by major:

  • View Post-Graduation Report
  • At heading, select "choose view: major / college/ whole univ."
  • After you select major or college to view, report refreshes to that view. (If it does not, check your other browser windows).
  • Read down to "EMPLOYMENT" and "JOB / EMPLOYER SOURCE." You'll see exactly how many grads of your major responded to each item on the survey. Not all respondents choose to answer every question, so note both N and percent.

Review the Employer, Job Titles & Locations Report by major: