The future looks bright

It's an exciting time at UNI – nearly 800 students will graduate this semester. These students look forward to starting the next chapter in their lives. For most, that means finding a job.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2013 survey, companies plan to hire 13 percent more new college graduates in 2012-13 than they did in 2011-12. The report also mentions some in-demand degrees that include finance, accounting, computer and information sciences and electrical and mechanical engineering. UNI has a number of majors that align with these needs.

"UNI students continue to outperform national averages in locating and securing jobs," said Matt Nuese, associate director of UNI career services. "The outlook for 2012-13 graduates is very bright as UNI is seeing a resurgence in employer activity on campus."

Nuese explains that two main factors contribute to the bright job outlook for UNI graduates: the improved economy and the extensive resources that career services provide. "Career services has dedicated extensive resources to improving our employer network by visiting more than 150 employers in more than six months. Additionally, we have partnered with area chambers and alliances to locate small to mid-sized organizations."

Sample of the 2012 Grad Report - Did you know?
  • 76 percent of UNI grads secured employment; 11 percent continued their education; 4 percent decided to volunteer, join the military or other; and 9 percent of UNI grads are still seeking opportunities.
  • 85 percent of employed grads stayed in Iowa.
  • $41,749 was the mean salary for UNI grads; this was the fourth consecutive year of increase.

It also helps that having a degree from UNI stands out and is appealing to employers. "What makes UNI students stand out is that our students work during their college years, often in their chosen field, so there's not a culture shock when the demands of the workforce are placed," said Nuese. "In fact, 71 percent of UNI students will complete experiential education at some point during their degree program."

Nuese also mentioned "many of UNI's top employers have shared data with the career services team that shows the average new hire from UNI stays at an organization two to three times longer than graduates from our peer institutions."