The Insider’s Look at the Graduate Follow-up Report

By: Megan

The Graduate Follow-up Report is a survey Career Services does the year after students graduate. The purpose is to find out what students are doing after they graduate. It’s available via the Career Services website.

You can look at the whole report, or jump to specific sections. You can currently see reports from the 2006-2007 school year through the latest report from the 2010-2011 year. You can also go back into the archive to see earlier reports.

UMD Graduation 2012
UMD Graduation 2012

What information does the Graduate Follow-up Report have?

  • Graduates (Majors awarded)
  • Employed and where
  • Graduate school and where
  • Major Relevancy (Both overall and reported by major)
  • Specific sections for Teaching Majors
  • Reported Annual Salaries
  • Job offers after Internships
  • Employers who have been on Campus
  • A comparison of statistics across years.

How can you use it?

Choosing a Major:

If you’re thinking about a specific major, go to that major and see what jobs alumni had their first year after graduating. Remember, this is with a Bachelor’s degree.  These are often entry level, and you can work your way up or go to grad school to continue your education. If these jobs are in line with what you’re thinking, you’re golden. This is just a sample, and there are many other jobs you can do, too.

If you know what you want to do eventually, but don’t know what major will get you there, try searching for the job. You’ll probably find it in several different majors! Even related jobs will pop up under several different majors.

The Report also lists annual salaries. With all the statistics reported, it’s easy to see the range of what alum are making their first year out. If you’re not planning on going to grad school, this may help you figure out where your price point could be. It’s not the “be all end all”, however. Salaries vary across time. Take a look at a couple of different years to see if it’s consistent, or if there are any other trends.

If you’re concerned about finding a job:

Some alumni find a job in their field right away, others wait a few years. Some majors seem to have a lot of non-relevant work just out of college. This could be because alums are taking some time off (recuperating, if you will), or they can’t find a job. If that’s something you’re worried about, you can prepare. Remember that college is more than just going to classes. Build your resume with on-campus involvement, internships, and leadership positions to make you an even more outstanding job candidate.

The Internship files have some information on students who have completed an internship. If they received credit for it, chances are you can get further data from the department that manages that major. Across majors, 36 % of students who completed an internship got an offer of employment from their intern organization in the 2010-2011 school year.

Also look at the Major Relevancy charts. Some students feel like if they don’t do something that their major directly prepared them for immediately, they wasted their time here. However, those jobs are often stepping stones. Some majors lead directly into a job; some may lead you on a meandering course. Depending on which you prefer, the relevancy of a job right after college may not matter.

If you’re currently looking for a job:

Go job hunting in the Report. Find your major and look at employers that have hired UMD grads with your same education. If it’s something you want to do, send in an application or give them a call. If you happen to know someone who was hired there, let them know you’re interested and ask them about the environment/work.

For Teaching Majors:

Teaching degrees are broken down more specifically across majors in a separate section. You can look specifically at what people who majored in Art Education, for instance, did. If you’re trying to decide between teaching a few different things, this may help you figure out if one will lead to a better place for you.

Are you a grad from the 2011-12 school year? Fill out the Grad Follow-up Survey (if you haven’t done so already). We’d love to hear from you and know what you’re doing right out of college!

Also, if you are going to be graduating this spring and already know what you’re doing (either a job or been accepted to a graduate program) – we want to know that too! Fill out the survey!

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Photo Source: UMD Campus Photographer Brett Groehler

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