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Career outcomes rate reaches 95%+ for 5th year in a row

Ninety-five percent of UGA’s Class of 2019 was employed or attending graduate school within six months. /Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker

University of Georgia Class of 2019 graduates are employed or attending graduate school within six months at a rate of 95%—8% higher than the national average.

Regarding these 2019 UGA graduates:

• 66% were employed full time;

• 19% were attending graduate school; and

• Approximately 10% were engaged in postgraduation internships, fellowships, residencies, postdoctoral research, part-time jobs or have reported their status as entrepreneurs.

“Students continue to excel in their postgraduate endeavors as UGA’s career outcomes rate has been 95% or above over the past five years,” said Scott Williams, executive director of the UGA Career Center. “This extraordinary level of consistency demonstrates that our students’ strong academic performance is supported through career readiness skills development and complemented by experiential learning.”

UGA graduates are making an impact in positions across all sectors of the economy from business to government, nonprofit to education. More than 3,000 unique employers hired Class of 2019 UGA graduates. Top employers for the Class of 2019 include Emory Healthcare, Delta Air Lines, The Home Depot and NCR Corporation.

Of those full-time professionals, 60% were employed before graduation, and 98% were hired within six months of graduation.

“Internships that I secured through UGA’s job board, Handshake, provided me with hands-on experience to see that I actually enjoy sales,” said Erin Orem, a May 2019 graduate. “I was able to confidently speak about my internships at the UGA Career Fair, where I met my current employer, TTI. Using UGA Career Center resources, I began preparing for my job search in my freshman year, so I never stressed about finding a job.”

Seventy-one percent, nearly three-quarters of the Class of 2019 graduates working full time, accepted employment within the state of Georgia. Graduates landed in all 50 states and in 43 countries in the six months after graduation, with top out-of-state destinations spanning the country and including major metropolitan areas such as Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.

The 19% of graduates who are furthering their education have enrolled in top graduate or professional schools including Duke University, the University of Pennsylvania, Emory University and the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

The UGA Career Center calculates the career outcomes rate each January by leveraging information from surveys, phone calls, employer reporting, UGA departmental collaboration, LinkedIn and the National Student Clearinghouse. The preceding data is based on the known career outcomes of 8,289 graduates from the Class of 2019.