New Survey Shows College Graduates Who Study Abroad Land Career-Related Jobs Sooner, with Higher Starting Salaries

IES Abroad survey shows that nearly 90% of study abroad alumni found their first jobs within six months of graduation compared to only 49% of recent college graduates in the general population who found jobs within a year; study abroad alumni earned $7,000 more in starting salaries

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Key jobs skills such as adaptability, global understanding and tolerance, leadership, and independence are directly fostered by learning and living abroad

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 24, 2012

A just-released survey of recent college graduates has revealed that studying abroad may be one of the best ways for college students to find jobs sooner after graduation, related to their majors, and at a higher salary.

The survey, conducted by IES Abroad, a leading not-for-profit provider of study abroad programs for U.S. college and university students, showed that nearly 90% of IES Abroad study abroad alumni found their first job within six months of graduation, as compared to only 49% of respondents in a recent survey of the general college graduate population who had found work within a year of finishing school.

In addition, more than 65% of the students studying abroad in the IES Abroad survey found a career-related position within a timeframe that met or exceeded their expectations.

Respondents in the IES Abroad survey graduated from college between 2006 and 2011, a period that fell directly in the middle of the Great Recession, when it was particularly difficult for recent college graduates to find employment in their area of study. The majority of the students in the IES Abroad survey majored in the liberal arts—with only 3% majoring in high-demand areas such as math or science, and only 8% focused on health-related studies—yet nearly 65% felt their first job was ‘very closely’ or ‘somewhat closely’ related to their majors.

In addition to getting jobs related to their majors or jobs that aligned with their career-track, most respondents secured jobs that were full-time and required college degrees.

College graduates who studied abroad on IES Abroad programs earned, on average, $7,000 more in starting salaries than those from the general population of recent US college graduates, according to the findings. IES Abroad alumni respondents secured average starting salaries of $35,000 at their first full-time jobs.

By comparison, according to a report released May 10 by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the general population of graduates from 2006 through 2011 earned starting salaries averaging $28,000, and only 49% of graduates had found a full-time job within a year of finishing school, compared to the 95% of IES Abroad alumni respondents after 12 months.

“We believe that more and more employers are realizing the extraordinary benefits of study abroad, and are seeking out graduates who have had study abroad experiences. Key jobs skills such as adaptability, global understanding and tolerance, leadership, and independence are directly fostered by learning and living abroad,” says Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President and CEO of IES Abroad. “For parents concerned about the return on their investment, studying abroad offers some very clear benefits for graduates.”

Among the IES Abroad study abroad graduates in the survey who went back to or were currently in graduate school, 90% reported getting into their first or second choice graduate school.

The 2012 IES Abroad Recent Graduate Study was conducted in March 2012 to assess the impact study abroad has on a recent graduate’s prospects in securing employment and/or attending graduate school directly after earning a degree from a four-year college or university in the U.S. A total of 1,008 alumni responded to the survey.

2012 IES Abroad Recent Graduate Study – Key Findings

  •     Nearly 90% secured a job within the first six months after graduation
  •     50% felt the overseas experience helped them get their first jobs
  •     84% felt that studying abroad helped them build valuable job skills such as foreign language skills, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, communication, and more
  •     90% got into their first or second choice graduate or professional school

For More Information See the Attached Document on the Survey

About IES Abroad
IES Abroad, which celebrates its 62nd anniversary in 2012, is a global, not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 200 top-tier American colleges and universities. IES Abroad offers 100 programs at 35 international locations in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand and South America. More than 5,700 students enroll in IES Abroad programs each year. For more information, please visit http://www.IESAbroad.org

IES Abroad has received the prestigious Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) designation from The Forum on Education Abroad for meeting the highest standards in the nation for study abroad programming and evaluation.