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Career Services releases 2010-11 post-graduate report

BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 – More than half of Virginia Tech’s 2010-11 graduates have already found employment and nearly three-quarters of them say their employment is closely related to their career goals or their major, according to Career Services’ 2010-11 post-graduation report.

Of the 57 percent of bachelor’s degree graduates who responded to the survey on which the report is based, 53 percent report current employment, up four percentage points from 2009-10. Of that group, 70 percent say their job is very related to their career goals, while 62 percent say they are working in a field very related to their major. Those numbers are up from 69 percent and 58 percent, respectively, in 2009-10.

Other information found in the report includes the following

  • Of the 2010-11 graduates, 25 percent say they plan to continue their education, down 2 percentage points from the previous year. Graduates of the College of Science and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences have the highest percentages of continued education, while graduates of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the Pamplin College of Business report the lowest percentages.
  • Networking held the biggest advantage in searching for a job, with 26 percent of graduates saying this is how they found employment. Those who found work with employers through whom they previously held internships, summer or part-time jobs, or volunteer work is at 25 percent.
  • Pursuing more career-related experiences during college is something 33 percent of respondents say they wish they had done, and 58 percent say they should have planned better for life after college.
  • Those still seeking employment represent 15 percent, down from 21 percent in 2009-10. The number of those who plan to seek employment but haven’t started remains steady at 3 percent.

The entire post-graduation report for 2010-11 graduates can be found online and includes students’ sources of advice on planning for graduate school and learning job search skills; when graduates began their job search and the number of offers received; whether a bonus came with the job offer and the amount of the bonus; a full listing of employers, job titles, and locations organized by undergraduate major; and a full listing of degrees and programs of study, institutions, and locations by undergraduate major.

Career Services, a unit within the Division of Student Affairs, provides career advice and guidance for students at Virginia Tech. Advising is available by appointment or on a walk-in basis. For more information on available services, see the department’s website, or contact the staff at 540-231-6241.

The Division of Student Affairs at Virginia Tech encompasses departments dedicated to providing a rich co-curricular experience and essential student services. Virtually every aspect of a student's life outside the classroom is represented through the division's departments.

Written by Jennifer Gibson.