Results = Report   |   What VT grads do after the undergraduate degree

Data collection timeline.
Methodology.

Grads tell first destination from 1 month before commencement through 6 months after.

For each academic year, data collection closes mid-November. Results are published in Jan - Feb.

Academic year includes grads who complete undergraduate degree in Dec., May, Summer I & II.

Academic year reports.
Major and college data.

Select year, then select view for UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE, or MAJOR:

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RESPONSE RATES

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HOW LONG DID NEW GRADS HAVE TO SELF-REPORT THEIR FIRST DESTINATION?

  • New grads had over seven months to self-report.
  • Self-reporting opens one month before commencement and closes six months after.
  • Non-respondents are reminded that they can self-report throughout that time.
  • Respondents who indicate "seeking" are reminded they can update response throughout that time.
  • See self-report timeline.

HOW MANY GRADS REPORTED THEIR FIRST DESTINATION?

FIRST DESTINATIONS

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  • Total university:
    • 60% employed, includes service work [1%], self-employed or working in family-owned business [1%], U.S. military service [3%], and all other employment and offers.
    • 22% continuing education, includes admitted and plan to continue education but details not yet final.
    • 18% seeking at last self-report*, includes seeking employment, plan to seek employment later, both seeking employment and applying to continue education, and other, having nothing to do w/ employment or cont. ed.
      [*grads who report "seeking" are invited to update their response through six months after commencement, but they cannot be compelled to do; note they may in fact have secured employment or admission to grad school, but chose not to update their self-report.]
  • By college first destination quick view [same as bar chart above].
  • By major or college, with details: Select major or college to view full report.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

22% of respondents, N=843 grads, reported continuing education as their first destination after the undergrad degree. [includes "admitted" and "plan to continue education, details not firm"]

View by undergrad major: list of all degrees, programs, schools, and locations.

DEGREES, PROGRAMS OF STUDY, SCHOOLS, LOCATIONS

21% continuing education

DEGREE BREAKDOWN:

22% continuing education slices as:

  • 12% pursuing a master's degree.
    [over half of those continuing education]
  • 3% medical degree.
    [includes dietetic internship]
  • 2% Ph.D.
  • 1% D.V.M.
  • 1% Law.
  • 2% another bachelor's degree, associate's degree, or other.
  • 1% no degree information reported.
21% continuing education

SCHOOLS:

  • Multi-year most-reported schools.
  • Single-year most-reported schools.
  • Virginia Tech: number one for 15 years.
    22% continuing education [N=843 of 2017-2018 grads].
    7%, almost one-third of those continuing education, [N=268] doing so at VT.
    • Separately counted: N=10 continuing educcation at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, which is a college within Virginia Tech.
  • VCU: holds the number-two spot for all 15 years.
    1.4% [N=54 grads] continuing education at VCU.
  • Didn't name school:
    3.9% [N=148 grads] did not report their institution.
  • View by undergrad major: View list of all degrees, programs, schools, locations, by undergrad major.
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14 SCHOOLS REPORTED BY 5 OR MORE GRADS:
7 of these schools are in Virginia.

NUMBER OF GRADS AT MOST-REPORTED SCHOOLS:

  • 268 at Virginia Tech
  • 54 at VCU
  • 13 at George Mason University
  • 13 at Radford University
  • 11 at George Washington Univ.
  • 11 at Univ. of Virginia
  • 10 at Virginia-Maryland College of Vet Med
  • 7 at Shenandoah Univ.
  • 7 at Univ. of Pittsburgh
  • 6 at U.N.C. Chapel Hill
  • 5 at Duke Univ.
  • 5 at North Carolina State Univ.
  • 5 at William & Mary

View by undergrad major: list of all degrees, programs, schools, locations

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS:

  • 33 states plus District of Columbia.
  • Over 420 grads continuing education in Virginia.
  • 16 grads in non-U.S. countries.

View by undergrad major: list of all degrees, programs, schools, and locations. 

EMPLOYMENT

60% of respondents [N=2342 grads] reported employment as first destination after undergrad degree.

56% employed

EMPLOYMENT INCLUDES:

  • 3% U.S. military service.
  • 1% Service work.
  • 1% Self-employed or work in family-owned business.
  • 55% All other employment and have offer.

View first destination by college or major: Select college or major to view full report for that population.

JOB TITLES, EMPLOYERS, LOCATIONS

Over 1000 employers were reported by 2342 employed grads.

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EMPLOYERS REPORTED BY 10 OR MORE GRADS:

  • 56 in U.S. Army
  • 54 at Deloitte
  • 41 at Capital One
  • 35 in U.S. Air Force
  • 33 in U.S. Navy
  • 31 at Accenture
  • 29 at Booz Allen Hamilton
  • 28 at Ernst & Young
  • 28 at KPMG
  • 28 at Virginia Tech
  • 27 at General Motors
  • 22 at Lockheed Martin
  • 19 at U.S. Naval Air Systems Command
  • 17 at Northrop Grumman
  • 17 at U.S. Marine Corps
  • 15 at Peace Corps
  • 14 at IBM
  • 14 at U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command
  • 12 at Teach For America
  • 13 at CGI
  • 12 at PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • 10 at Cisco Systems
  • 10 at Esson Mobil
  • 10 at Amazon
  • 10 at Microsofft

List by undergrad major: employers, job titles, locations.

Multi-year most-reported employers.

GEOGRAPHIC EMPLOYMENT LOCATIONS:
How the 60% employed break down.
49 states + District of Columbia + 32 non-U.S. locations.

  • 27% [N=1045] in Virginia
  • 4% [N=172] no location given
  • 4% [N=140] in North Carolina
  • 3% [N=121] in Maryland
  • 2% [N=81] in Washington, DC
  • 1% [N=53] in Florida
  • 1% [N=52] in New York
  • 1% [N=50] in Texas
  • 1% [N=45] in Georgia
  • 1% [n=43] in California
  • 1% [N=38] in Pennsylvania
  • 1% [N=38] in Michigan
  • 14% [N=526] other locations
  • 1% [N=44] in non-U.S. locations
  • 12% in other states

List by undergrad major: employers, job titles, locations.

First job location image below for 2017-2018 grads, created by one of our Peer Career Advisors.

JOB SOURCE

Survey states: "Which best describes the source of your first contact with the employer (organization, company, agency) whose job you accepted?"

Note this question does not ask about all the methods each graduate used. It is strictly about the source of the job the graduate accepted.

how employed grads found first jobs
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HOW EMPLOYED GRADS FOUND FIRST JOB

  • 28% Worked / volunteered w/ employer during college.
    Number one source for nine of eleven years. Percentage mid-20s to 30%.
  • 25% Career fair. 
    Number two source for most recent four years. Percentage mid-teens to 25% for 14 years.
    This source rises when active job recruiting by employers rises as a reflection of the economy.
    This source varies widely by college.
  • 18% Networking.
    Number one source five of 15 years.
    Number two source for six years. Percentage in high teens to mid-20s for 15 years.
    Networking is typically the number one source for three colleges: ALS, LAHS, and SCI.
  • [Note that "Hokies4Hire" was used through 2017-2018 as the CPD job-posting and On-Campus Interviewing management system. It was replaced by Handshake for the 2018-2019 year.]
  • View job source for colleges and majors in full report: select college or major to view full report.
Most employed graduates found their job through Networking or Experience during college.
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SALARIES

Survey states: We collect salary information only to show salary ranges and medians for colleges and for majors. We do not publish or reveal individual salary figures. To help us provide accurate data, please indicate your annual salary.

BONUSES

Survey states:
Did your job offer include a signing bonus?
[yes/no]
If so, what was the amount?

EMPLOYMENT RELATED TO CAREER GOALS AND MAJOR

Survey states:
Do you consider your job to be related to your...
... career goals and/or to be an entry-level avenue to reach your career goals?
... college major?

JOB RELATED TO CAREER GOALS:
... and/or entry-level avenue to reach career goals:

  • 75% very related. [low to high 70s for 8 years]
  • 23% somewhat related.
  • 2% not related.

JOB RELATED TO COLLEGE MAJOR:

  • 68% very related. [low to high 60s for 8 years]
  • 24% somewhat related.
  • 8% not related.

EXPERIENCE DURING COLLEGE

Survey states:
"Did you have any kind of career-related experience prior to graduation (types listed)?" [yes / no]
"What kind of experience did you have? [check ALL that apply]"

93% of 2017-2018 grads had experience during college.
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  • 93% of graduates had career-related experience during college.
  • Experience types [check all that apply]:
    • 58% paid internship [same as prior year]
    • 46% summer job [down from 48% prior year]
    • 43%  part-time job [down from 46%]
    • 39% volunteer work [down from 41%]
    • 26% undergrduate research [up from 24%]
    • 19% unpaid internship [same]
    • 13% field study [up from 12%]
    • 7% co-op [up from 6%]
  • View experience by major or college: select college or major to view full report.

REGRETS ABOUT CAREER PLANNING

Survey states:
If you had it to do over again, is there anything related to planning for life after college that you would do differently? [yes/no] If yes, check all that apply. I wish I had...:

55% of 2017-2018 graduates had regrets about career planning during college.
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  • 55% said yes, they do have regrets.
    [down from 58% prior year.]
  • 45% said no regrets: "I did what I needed to achieve my goals."
  • Top regret EVERY YEAR [% of all respondents]:
    • 31% wish had gotten more experience related to major or career goal. [down from 34% prior yr]
  • Other regrets:
    • 28% wish had learned more/earlier about career options. [down from 29%]
    • 23% wish had asked professors/advisors for advice (more/earlier). [down from 24%]
    • 21% wish had started job search sooner. [down from 23%]
    • 20% wish had learned about grad or professional school (more/earlier). [down from 21%]
  • View for a single major or college: select college or major to view full report: regrets are last item.