FIRST DESTINATION after undergraduate degree  
2016-2017 GRADS

The 2016-2017 grads had over seven months to report first destination. The survey opened one month before commencement and closed six months after. How many responded and what they told us:

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- Number of graduates
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- Cont. education advice sources
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- When offer received
- Were job search skills learned?
- Sources of learning those skills
- Use of career center
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response rate of 2016-2017 grads was 69%

Response rates

How many reported their first destination?
New grads have 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.

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First destination: employed or continuing education

56% employed
21% continuing education
  • Total university: 
    • 56% employed, includes service work, self-employed or working in family-owned business, U.S. military service, and all other employment and offers.
    • 21% continuing education, includes admitted and plan to continue  education but details not yet final.
    • 23% seeking, includes seeking employment, plan to seek employment later, both seeking employment and applying to continue education.
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Continuing education

How many?

  • 21% of respondents, N=788 grads, reported continuing education. [includes "admitted" and "plan to continue education, details not firm"]
  • By college, ranges from 8-38% as shown in bar graph above.

What schools?  What degrees?

21% continuing education
21% continuing education
166 schools reported by 788 VT grads for continuing education
grads continue education at over 150 schools.
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How many?

  • 56% of respondents, N=2196 grads, reported employment.
    This includes service work, self-employed or working in family-owned business, U.S. military service, all other employment, and offers.
56% employed

What employers?  What jobs?  Where?

How employed grads found accepted job

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.

  • Worked / volunteered for employer during college has been the number one source for eight of 10 years. [Mid-20s to 30%.]
  • Career fair has been the number two source for the most recent three years. [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.
  • Networking has been in the number one spot five of 14 years, and in the number two spot for six years. [Percentage in high teens to mid-20s for 14 years] Networking is typically the number one source for three colleges: ALS, LAHS, and SCI.
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Salaries reported by employed grads

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  • For total university, 86% of employed grads reported salary data.
    • This varies by college from 71% to 91%.
  • University median is $60,000. [Up from $58K the previous two years.]
    • Median is shown when four or more individuals reported salary.
    • 25th and 75th percentiles are shown when 12 or more individuals reported salary.
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Bonuses reported by employed grads

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?

Experience during college

  • 93% of graduates had career-related experience during college.
  • Respondents could indicate all types they had; shown in image below.
  • To view experience types for single 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...:

  • 58% said yes, they do have regrets.
  • 42% said no regrets: "I did what I needed to achieve my goals."
  • Top regret EVERY YEAR (percentage of all respondents):
    • 34% wish had gotten more experience related to major/career goal.
  • Other regrets:
    • 29% wish had learned more/earlier about career options. 
    • 24% wish had asked professors/advisors for advice (more/earlier).
    • 23% wish had started job search sooner.
    • 21% wish had learned about grad or professional school earlier.
  • To view for single major or college: select college or major to view full report: regrets are last item.