The UGA Career Outcomes Initiative

Purpose

The purpose of the Career Outcomes Initiative is to provide insight into the employment or continuing education status for University of Georgia graduates (Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate) within an average of 6 months of their graduation date.  Additionally, the data provides detailed employment information, salary statistics, and graduate school information. These statistical reports constitute the only centralized employment data collection for The University of Georgia and are used by current students, employers, departments, and other stakeholders.  Data from our survey is published in the UGA Fact Book and reported to various organizations that rank colleges, such as US News and World Report.  Finally, the Career Outcomes Initiative provides graduates with an opportunity to recognize UGA Faculty and Staff who have greatly influenced their career path or decision making.

Stakeholder use of Career Outcomes Data

  • The Office of Institutional Research provides the data to external ranking organizations, such as US News, Businessweek, etc.
  • The University of Georgia Administration includes these statistics in literature and other forms of direct messaging/communication
  • Several UGA colleges use the data for accreditation purposes
  • Current and prospective students use the data when choosing a major
  • Current students use employment information statistics in job and internship searches
  • Parents use the information to gauge return on investment
  • Employers use salary information in hiring process
  • The Career Center office uses it in student and parents’ orientation sessions and in counseling appointments

Project Parameters

  • The data collection cycle is completed for the graduating class of each academic year.  For example, Class of 2016 consists of August 2015, December 2015 and May 2016 graduates.  In this example, we start collecting data in August 2015 and end the cycle in December of 2016.
  • Each graduating group is contacted via email before graduation and at intervals of three and six months after graduation.  
  • At approximately six months after graduation, non-responders and those still seeking are contacted via a calling campaign.
  • Additional Data Sources:  We obtain employment data from both employers and UGA colleges/departments.  We also mine data for non-responders on social media websites like LinkedIn.

UGA Career Outcomes Data Sources