We’ve talked about the Graduate Follow-up Report before. We ask UMD grads what they’re doing their first year out of college. But what does that mean to you, those who are currently in college? How can you use it?
Choosing a Major
Go ahead and take a look at what people are doing the year after they graduate. In any field, there are going to be those who find their “big kid” job right off the bat, and those who don’t. Don’t be discouraged, but take that into consideration when you’re deciding on a major. How many are going to grad school? How many are working retail? How many are doing what you want to be doing?
When you’re first jumping into the job search, it can be a bit daunting. What are you even looking for? To get an idea for titles to search for, just look at recent graduates job titles. If it sounds like something you could do, go for it. If it comes up multiple times in the report, you might want to look into it. These are jobs that graduates in your major got within a year of graduating. It’s an excellent place to start.
Follow-up of majors (listing positions & organizations where people are working and also graduate & professional schools people are attending)
In some majors, internships are an integral part of the learning process. In others, they’re an important addition. You can take a look at the report for the major you’re thinking about, or already in, and the percentage that did an internship. It also tells you how many of them got a job offer! Now, if you do some sleuthing, you might be able to figure out a few employers who you could do an internship with that might be willing to hire after completion. It might just give you an idea of where you should be looking for an internship, but that’s super important too!
Not everybody works in their field right off the bat when they graduate. Some of them need a break, some of them are biding time before graduate school, and some are saving up for traveling. Some aren’t finding a job that fits them in their field. It’s important to remember that you’re looking at numbers, not the whole story. But you can get the general idea of how many people in your major are finding a job that they consider relevant right off the bat.
It’s not all about money, but very few of us leave college without debt. So what we make the first few years out of school is important. The follow-up report lists the low, high, mean, and median reported salaries for each major. It’s a good place to look for a ballpark figure. Then you can take a look at the kinds of jobs people are working and see if that works for you. It can also give you an idea of where to start if you find yourself negotiating salary.
The Graduate Follow-up Report is an incredibly useful tool. Find the major you want to look into, and take some time to look into it. If you want any help navigating, or want to talk about what you find, stop by Career and Internship Services and we’ll get you started.