New grads: What is your First Destination?
After your undergraduate degree
What's next after your undergraduate degree?
Employment? Continuing education? Seeking?
Military service? Volunteering?
Congratulations if you completed your undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech in May or summer 2021. We know you have had challenging times due to the impact of Covid-19 on our lives.
- Complete the FIRST DESTINATION SURVEY. If you did not do so before commencement, you still can.
- Tell whether you are currently seeking or have found employment or admission to continue your education, or are going into the military, or volunteering.
- If your situation changes (for example, you were seeking, and later you're employed) you can update your response until the survey closes six months after commencement.
May / summer 2021 grads survey opened Mon. April 19, 2021, 11am ET
Your survey access is based on your undergraduate degree completion that you specified in your Application for Degree (AFD) with the University Registrar.
|undergraduate degree completion||First Destination Survey open and close dates|
|May or summer 2021||Opened: Monday, April 19, 2021, 11am ET
Update response until: Friday, November 19, 2021, 11am ET
|December 2020 or winter 2021||Opened: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 11am ET
Update response until: Thursday, June 17, 2021, 11am ET
|May or summer 2020||Opened: Normally the survey opens in April prior to commencement. Due to the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, we delayed the opening to Monday, August 3, 2020, 11am ET
Update response until: Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11am ET
The reason for First Destination reporting:
To know the first destinations of new grads after your undergraduate degree, whether seeking, employed, or continuing education, and other information related to career preparation and experience during college.
Still seeking a job or admission to grad school?
That is common, so you can check that in the survey.
You can 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:
The emails we send you include a link for you to go to the survey in Handshake.
Or you can use the survey link on this page (above) to log in with your VT PID and passphrase. If you need 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:
- 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 report are used to respond to a wide variety of internal and external requests for information.
- Federal law requires that universities provide certain information to current and prospective students. The First Destination 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.
Why you should complete the survey:
Because you're a part of the university community.
Current and future students have the same questions you have.
Because past graduates responded, 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 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