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How Virginia Tech Grads Found First Jobs

  • Each year we ask all Virginia Tech students who are completing undergraduate degrees to self-report their FIRST DESTINATION after graduation. 
  • Self-reporting is open through six months after commencement. 
  • Grads who report they are employed are asked: Which best describes the source of your first contact with the employer (organization, company, agency) whose job you accepted? 

Source of First Job of VT Grads



The bedrock methods, for 15 years, for new graduates to make first contact with employers whose job they accepted, have been:

  • Networking, which includes contacts through: family, friends, faculty/staff, alumni, fellow members of clubs/organizations, current/former employers.
  • Having worked for the employer during college, which includes volunteering, part-time work, summer job, internship, co-op, field study, undergraduate research, or any other work relationship.
  • Career fairs have been a strong source for certain career fields, and are a stronger source during times when the economy is stronger and therefore more employers actively recruit by visiting campuses.
  • 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.

To see job source by college or major, select major or college to view full report.