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New grads: Self-report your First Destination

What's next for you? Employment? Continuing education? Seeking?

Congratulations on finishing your degree, especially in this challenging time due to the impact of Covid-19 on our lives and the economy. We are concerned for your health and safety, and we continue to be here for you and we continue to offer advising appointments for your after-college career planning.

What is your first destination after your undergraduate degree? Please complete, or update, your response in the FIRST DESTINATION SURVEY!

Dec 2020 / winter 2021 grads survey opened Tues. Dec. 1, 2020, 11am E.T

May / summer 2020 grads survey closed Thur. Jan. 28, 2021, 11am E.T.

PID / password / passphrase assistance

You access the survey in Handshake with your VT PID and password.
If you need password / passphrase assistance, or can't remember your passphrase, see: Virginia Tech Password guide.

Survey open and close dates for degree completion terms

Your survey access is based on your undergraduate degree completion term you specified in your Application for Degree (AFD) with the University Registrar.

Graduation terms First Destination Survey open and close dates
December 2020
and Winter 2021
Opened: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 11am, Eastern Time.
Closes: Thursday, June 17, 2021, 11am, Eastern Time.
May and
Summer 2020
Normally we open the survey in April prior to commencement.
Due to the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, we delayed the survey open date to Monday, August 3, 2020, 11am Eastern Time.
Closed: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11am Eastern Time.

If you have questions about graduation, degrees, diplomas, etc.

See: Office of the University Registrar: Graduation > Frequently Asked Questions.

The reason for First Destination reporting:
To know the first outcomes of new grads after your undergraduate degree, whether seeking, employed, or continuing education, and other information related to career preparation and experience during college.

Reporting your first destination is a step in your GRADUATION TIMELINE specified by the University Registrar.

Still job-hunting or applying to grad school?
That is common, so you can check that in the survey.
The survey stays open for you to update your response through six months after commencement. Updating is quick and easy. Just use your survey link.

Fast, user-friendly survey:
Under five minutes to complete your self-reporting.

Logging in & technical support:
If you go to the survey from your email from Handshake, you will automatically be logged in.
Otherwise, you'll log in to the survey in Handshake with your VT PID and password / passphrase.
If you need password / passphrase assistance, or can't remember your passphrase, see: Virginia Tech Password Guide.

Individual responses are confidential:
We do not publish and we do not share with anyone individual names or sets of responses attached to individual names or identifying information.
We publish and share only anonymous compiled data for majors, colleges, and total university.  

This DATA COLLECTION has NOTHING to do with FUNDRAISING efforts by the university.
We are NOT ASKING for your MONEY, and we do NOT SHARE your INFORMATION with ANYONE who asks for money.

Why we ask:

  1. The information is valuable to current and future students — and to academic departments, to advisors who help students, to employers who hire Virginia Tech graduates, and to parents of prospective students. Data from the self-report are used to respond to a wide variety of internal and external requests for information.
  2. Federal law requires that universities provide certain information to current and prospective students. The First Destination Post-Graduation Report is used by the Virginia Tech Office of Analytics and Institutional Effectiveness: Student Consumer Information to meet federal requirements for disclosure and reporting of data on "student outcomes," specifically employment and graduate and professional school "placement" following the undergraduate degree.
future Hokie
The information you share helps current and future Hokies.

Why you should self-report:
Because you're a part of the university community.
Current and future students have the same questions you have.
Because past graduates reported, we can tell you, for the university, by college, and by major:

  • First destinations of graduates: employment, continuing education, or seeking.
  • Graduate and professional schools reported by grads.
  • Employers, job titles and locations reported by grads.
  • Salary data.
  • What grads wished they had done differently.

All this, and more is in the First Destination after Undergraduate Degree Report.
Gathering first destination information from graduates has been done since the 1970s; the ways have changed.
If you want to know what past graduates have told us: View First Destination report.

On behalf of the university community, THANK YOU!

Donna Cassell Ratcliffe, Director, Career & Professional Development
Catherine Copeland, Associate Director for Information & Operations Strategy 

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