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Top US Colleges Employability Ranking 2017

When we choose a college, what factors matter the most? Prestige, adequate fee, pleasant atmosphere, good location – are among the important pointers to the right choice. Yet, above all, we want to get a guarantee that we will get a job after graduation. We expect the investments in our education to pay off. However, there is a risk that they will not. Graduate employability, thus, is one of the vital factors we need to consider choosing the university.

Research center of the QS Ranking prepared the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2017. It is a list of colleges that have the highest employer reputation and give the best career prospects to their students.

To give you a fuller picture, we add to the QS data the results of Times Higher Education research on the graduate employability. In the infographic, you can find the info about the most valuable graduates' qualities. Besides, it'll tell you about top universities fee and average salary after graduation.

Top US Colleges Employability Ranking 2017

You must be curious, how QS Ranking researchers collect the data. What defines the employability and how to count it after all? The QS Ranking rests on five indicators that have different weight in the general score:

  • Employer reputation (30%). It is defined by the results of a survey of the employers (37,000 managers participated). This survey asks the employers to list the institutions that produce the best specialists in their field.
  • Alumni outcomes (20%). To define this pointer the researchers analyzed the educational pathways of 21,000 of the most successful and contributing individuals. They defined the institutions that these people have graduated from and then statistic has done its job.
  • Employer partnerships (25%). It relies on the collaboration level between college and 2,000 top global companies. Collaboration implies both conjoint researches and number of employed faculty members.
  • Employer-student connections (15%). It depends on the employers’ activity on a college`s campus. In other words, it examines how many employers have any sort of a direct connection with students. It includes company presentations, open internships, career fairs etc.
  • Graduate employment rate (10%) – relies on an amount of graduates who have found a job during the 12 months after the graduation.

 As you can see, QS Ranking is not improvised but relies on a vast amount of data. They involved numerous statistic inquiry techniques, including surveys and open data analysis.

What about the Times Higher Education, and who are the mysterious recruiters, who have the answers on an every question?

Those recruiters are the specialists with over the 10 years of professional experience. Most of them worked in the companies with approx 500 employees and have a lot of experience in hiring the graduates. So the information from the THE is also quite reliable.

Conclusive points

The first thing you should know about the rankings is that they cannot decide for you. Yet they collect important information and can help you to minimize the risks.

Anyway, it will be more productive to check out the promising colleges in your area of interest. The most optimal way is to define companies where you would like to get a job in the future. Having them in mind, find the universities that cooperate with these companies and offer the internships. However, this way is often out-of-reach, since not many 18-years-old know where they want to work in 5-6 years.

If you are not one of those lucky ones, don’t get discouraged. Follow the advice of the experts. You can see in the infographic that good academic performance will not guarantee you an employment. So you should also pay attention to the extra-curriculum activities. Learn other languages and find a way to get some work experience.   

Remember that no ranking can determine your future. If you are already a student of one of the not-in-the-list universities, your career is still in your hands. Finally, there are thousands of people who are extremely successful with no education. Ryan Gosling included.

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