SoE Class of 2019 Reports Graduation Career Outcomes

The future is bright for recent graduates of Rutgers University’s School of Engineering. Newly released results of a 2019 Post-Graduation Survey reveal that 83% of SoE undergraduate and graduate students reported positive post-graduation outcomes within six months of graduation.

Of these alumni, 70% had landed jobs, while 12% had elected to further their educations. Military service and volunteerism attracted fewer than 1% of the members of the Class of 2019. 

For 68% of the survey respondents, their post-graduation status reflects their preferred choice. 

“These positive outcomes are a clear reflection of the outstanding education delivered by the School of Engineering,” says Rutgers University vice president for enrollment management  Courtney McAnuff. “As undergraduate and graduate students, they are members of a diverse campus engineering community of world-class researchers and highly motivated peers. As graduates, they are out front – whether in the workforce or in academia – sharing ideas and devising solutions designed to make the world a better place to live in.”

Lockheed Martin, Harris Corporation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Accenture, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, L’Oréal, and Merck & Co. were among the leading employers of Class of 2019 alumni, who reported a median starting salary of $69,000; $4,000 more than that reported by the Class of 2018. 

UC Berkeley, Cornell University, New York University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Rutgers University were among the top choices for those opting to pursue advanced degrees after graduating in 2019.

“A number of factors have contributed to the post-graduate success of these recent graduates,” says William Jones, the university’s senior director of career exploration and success (CES). “Our robust offerings put students in touch with everything from career-related advising to internship and co-curricular opportunities to help them achieve their post-graduate goals.” 

Campus recruiting services – such as job fairs, job postings, and on-campus interviews –  are among the many resources that contribute to students successfully finding – and landing jobs. Student also cited networking with faculty, staff, and others, as well as internships and other in-school employment as portals to post-graduation jobs. The majority of undergraduate respondents reported that their internships ultimately converted to full-time jobs. 

“At the School of Engineering, we take pride in our long and impressive history of grooming students for successful careers in some of the nation’s leading corporations, academic institutions, and agencies – and the Class of 2019 is no exception,” says Thomas Farris, dean of the School of Engineering. “These recent graduates are poised to follow in the footsteps of the more than 1,000 School alumni who hold C-suite and top management positions, head federal and state agencies, and even serve as NASA astronauts.”

Nicholas Paraskevopoulos, who earned master’s and doctoral degrees from the School of Engineering and is now a senior vice president of emerging capabilities development and chief technology officer at Northrop Grumman Mission Systems, speaks highly of his experience at Rutgers, “Engineering teaches you to think and Rutgers engineers know their stuff.”

Watch a recent informal conversation with electrical and computer engineering student Atmika Ponnusamy and Dr. Paraskevopoulos here>>

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