Can studying abroad jump-start your career? Our survey findings say YES!

Our recent graduate survey showed that IES Abroad alumni land jobs sooner after graduation—related to their majors!—and at a higher salary.

Findings include:

$7,000         Amount more IES Abroad alumni earn, on average, in starting salaries, compared to recent U.S. college graduates from the general population.
97% Percentage of alumni who secured a job within one year after graduation, compared to only 49% of respondents in the general college graduate population.
90% Percentage of alumni who got into their 1st or 2nd choice graduate or professional school.
84% Percentage of alumni who felt that studying abroad helped them build valuable job skills, such as language proficiency, cultural training, tolerance for ambiguity, adaptability, and communication.

The 2012 IES Abroad Recent Graduate Study was conducted in March 2012 to assess the impact study abroad has on a recent graduate's prospects in securing employment and/or attending graduate school directly after earning a degree from a four-year college or university in the United States. By comparison, according to a report released May 10, 2012, by the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the general population of graduates from 2006 through 2011 earned starting salaries averaging $28,000, and only 49% of graduates had found a full-time job within a year of finishing school, compared to the 95% of IES Abroad alumni respondents after 12 months.

“We believe that more and more employers are realizing the extraordinary benefits of study abroad, and are seeking out graduates who have had study abroad experiences. Key jobs skills such as adaptability, global understanding and tolerance, leadership, and independence are directly fostered by learning and living abroad,” said Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President & CEO of IES Abroad. “For parents concerned about the return on their investment, studying abroad offers some very clear benefits for graduates.”

A total of 1,008 IES Abroad alumni who graduated college between 2006 and 2011 responded to the survey.

View a PDF of more results of the Recent Graduates Survey: The Impact of Studying Abroad on Recent College Graduates’ Careers.

See also the results of our 50-Year Alumni Study.