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FIRST DESTINATION after graduation  |  2015-2016 GRADS

The latest report is on the 2015-2016 graduates, and was published Jan. 2017.
The 2016-2017 grads survey closes mid-Nov. 2017; report to be published Jan. 2018.

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Full report contains responses to all items on the survey, including:

  • Number of graduates and response rate
  • First destination [ taking time off | employment breakdown including U.S. military service, non-military service, self- or family-employed | cont. educ. | seeking ]
  • Continuing education [degree, program, institiution list | advice sources ]
  • Employment [ job title, employer, location list | salary data | bonus data | employment related to career goals and major | job source | when job search started | number of offers | when offer received ]
  • Career-related learning and experience during college [ types of experience | job search skills: extent learned and sources | used career center during college | regrets ]

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Executive summary

Response rates

The survey remains open continuously from one month before commencement to six months after. Non-respondents are reminded that they can self-report as long as the survey is open.

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First destination: employed or continuing education

Employed 54% includes: 
- U.S. military service: 3%
- Service/volunteer program, non-military: 1%
- Self-employed or working in family-owned business: 1%
- All other employment: 45%
- Have a job offer: 4%

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Continuing education degrees and institutions

grads continue education at over 150 schools.
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Employers, job titles, and locations

grads reported over 800 employers.
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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 is NOT about all the methods each graduate used to job search. It is strictly about the source of the job the graduate accepted.

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Salaries reported by employed grads

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 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?

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...: