Alumni Career Mobility Survey Going Out

Students talk with prospective employers at a career fair in 2019.
UC Davis is surveying 2011 and 2016 graduates for insights on practices to promote career mobility in the first 10 years after graduation. Internship and Career Fairs, like the one from 2019 pictured here, have been offered virtually during the pandemic. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

Quick Summary

  • Some 17,000 recipients earned undergraduate degrees in 2011 and ’16
  • The goal is to improve career mobility in the first 10 years after graduation
  • The survey results will inform the coming Aggie Launch initiative

UC Davis will soon be asking more than 17,000 alumni who earned undergraduate degrees in 2011 and 2016 about their preparation for the working world, career experience and satisfaction, community engagement and more.

Alumni from the two classes will receive an email with an invitation and link to participate in the National Alumni Career Mobility Survey, open Nov. 1 through Jan. 15.

Marcie Kirk Holland, executive director of the Internship and Career Center, said the survey results will provide insights on career practices most likely to promote the career mobility of alumni in the first 10 years after graduation and will be used to inform the coming Aggie Launch initiative at UC Davis.

 One of the Big Ideas in the Expect Greater comprehensive fundraising campaign, Aggie Launch aims to help students engage in career preparation beginning in their freshman year and graduate in a timely way with a well-developed plan for launching their career or pursing advanced studies.

Chancellor Gary S. May and Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Mary Croughan are encouraging participation in the survey. “Your perspective will provide us with insights about your unique career path so that we can continuously improve how we prepare upcoming graduates for their future,” they wrote in an email prepared for distribution Monday (Nov. 1). “It will also help us better understand the impact UC Davis alumni are making at local, state, national and global scales.”

Alumni who complete the 10-minute survey will be automatically entered into a prize drawing for 10 Visa gift cards for $100 and the grand prize of a $500 Visa gift card.

The survey is administered by the Career Leadership Collective, an organization that provides advisory and data services to help campuses improve the career development of their students. Information from Aggie respondents will be maintained in an anonymous dataset, internal to the university, and will only be shared in aggregate form.

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