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First Destination Survey (2019-2020)

The First Destination Survey is administered annually by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career & Professional Development using Handshake. The survey asks baccalaureate degree graduates to identify primary post-graduation outcome status. The survey content and procedures follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards.

Data was collected from baccalaureate degree candidates prior to graduation and through follow up e-mails sent to graduates 3, 6, and 9 months after graduation. Graduates who had already completed the survey were invited to update their previous responses if their post-graduation status had changed. Outcome information was also collected from campus community members, telephone calls, and web research. It is important to note that not all respondents answered every question. It is also notable that only the primary outcome upon graduation is reported for each individual graduate, such as an individual working full-time while attending graduate school part-time is reported only once as either working or continuing education. Data was collected through March 31, 2021.

The results for the class of 2019-2020 presented in this report include students who were on the official graduation list and awarded a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh during the 2019-2020 academic year; this includes fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 graduates. In total, 1,780 graduates are included in this report.

Overview of Graduates

Graduates

The results for the class of 2019-2020 presented in this report include students who were on the official graduation list and awarded a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Oshkosh campus) during the 2019-2020 academic year; this includes fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 graduates. In total, 1,780 graduates are included in this report.

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Career Outcome Rate

Career outcome rate includes employed (full-time, part-time, entrepreneur, freelance, postgraduate fellowship, other), military service, volunteer service (e.g., Peace Corps, mission work), continuing education, and not seeking.

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Knowledge Rate

Knowledge rate is defined as the percentage of graduates reported or identified by UW Oshkosh for which a post- graduation outcome is known. It includes the sum of all the employment categories (i.e., full-time, part-time, entrepreneur, freelance, postgraduate fellowship, other), military service, volunteer service, continuing education, not seeking an outcome, and the number of students still seeking an outcome.

Average Annual Salary

60.8% of all graduates reported their salary.

What Are They Up To? 

  • Working 77% 77%
  • Still Seeking 12.6% 12.6%
  • Continuing Education 9% 9%
  • Military, Volunteering, and Not Seeking 1.5% 1.5%

Top 5 Wisconsin Counties

  1. Winnebago
  2. Outagamie
  3. Milwaukee
  4. Dane
  5. Brown

Top Industries

Health Care & Social Assistance

Manufacturing, Transportation & Logistics

Education

Retail, Hospitality & Trade

Financial Services & Real Estate

How They Secured Employment

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Hired BEFORE graduation

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Used CPD resources to secure job before graduation

  • Job Posting/Online Search 25.6% 25.6%
  • Unreported 25% 25%
  • Networking (Family, friends, alumni, faculty/staff) 14.5% 14.5%
  • Current Employer/Promotion 11.8% 11.8%
  • Internship, Clinical, Student Teaching, Field Placement 11.7% 11.7%
  • LinkedIn/Social Media 5.1% 5.1%
  • Career Fair/Networking Event 3.7% 3.7%
  • Career & Professional Development 1.6% 1.6%
  • Recruiter 0.6% 0.6%
  • Entrepreneur/Self-employed 0.4% 0.4%

Survey Results by College

  • Employed 87.3% 87.3%
  • Still Seeking 8.9% 8.9%
  • Continuing Education 2.5% 2.5%
  • Military & Not Seeking 1.2% 1.2%

322

Graduates

67.4%

Secured employment prior to graduation

39.5%

Received job offer from internship employer

Select employers that hired College of Business graduates

Oshkosh Corporation Schneider
Amcor Baker Tilly
Menasha Corporation Plexus Corporation
U.S. Bank CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
Northwestern Mutual J.J. Keller & Associates, Inc
  • Employed 82.2% 82.2%
  • Still Seeking 12.1% 12.1%
  • Continuing Education 4.9% 4.9%
  • Military & Not Seeking 0.8% 0.8%

277

Graduates

48.8%

Secured employment prior to graduation

12%

Received job offer from internship employer

Select employers that hired College of Education and Human Services graduates

Oshkosh Area School District Neenah Joint School District
Menasha Joint School District Appleton Area School District
Boys & Girls Club Sheboygan Area School District
Ripon Area School District Kaukauna Area School District
  • Employed 63.8% 63.8%
  • Still Seeking 17.4% 17.4%
  • Continuing Education 17% 17%
  • Military 0.7% 0.7%
  • Volunteer & Not Seeking 1.0% 1.0%

785

Graduates

58%

Secured employment prior to graduation

13.1%

Received job offer from internship employer

Select employers that hired College of Letters and Science graduates

Aurora Health Care Bellin Health
ThedaCare Northwestern Mutual
Enterprise Holdings U.S. Bank
Oshkosh Corporation SSM Health System
TEKsystems Innovative Services, Inc.
BioLife Plasma Services Ascension
  • Employed 90.6% 90.6%
  • Still Seeking 6.4% 6.4%
  • Continuing Education 1.9% 1.9%
  • Military/Not Seeking 1.2% 1.2%

290

Graduates

74%

Secured employment prior to graduation

31.3%

Received job offer by networking

Select employers that hired College of Nursing graduates

ThedaCare UnityPoint Health – Meriter
Ascension Aspirus Health
Aurora Health Care Froedtert Hospital
UW Health Children’s Hospital
SSM Health System MercyHealth

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