10 Best Universities for Locking Down a Job After Graduation

September 21, 2017

3:50 pm

Finding a job sucks. Between sitting through lengthy interviews, endlessly sending resumés, and constantly doubting your own self worth, the process can take a serious toll on your mental health. And while a good school doesn’t guarantee you a shot at the corner office, there are a few universities that can certainly improve your chances of landing a job right after graduation.

Fortunately, thanks to data from QS, it’s easy to figure out which universities you should aim for if you’re worried about the post-graduation job search. Stanford University, Silicon Valley’s favorite feeder school, comes in at number one, with Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a close second place, and Tsinghua University, the University of Sydney, and the University of Cambridge rounding out the top 5.

“The QS Graduate Employability Rankings is an innovative exercise designed to provide the world’s students with a unique tool by which they can compare university performance in terms of graduate employability outcomes and prospects,” wrote the authors of the study.

To say the list was dominated by the United States would be a bit dramatic, particularly with the top five being primarily international universities. However, American institutions do make up half of the top ten, making a good case for setting up your education stateside, if you have the chance.

As for how they judged these institutions, universities were scored based on five categories: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, partnerships with employers per faculty, employer/student connections, and graduate employment rate. This gave researchers a clearer picture of which universities are truly committed to helping students find work after graduation.

If you’re interested in taking an in-depth look at the universities around the world, make sure to take a look at the full report here with 500 listed schools.

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Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. As the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co, he’s written about everything from Kickstarter campaigns and budding startups to tech titans and innovative technologies. His background in stand-up comedy made him the perfect person to host Startup Night at SXSW and the Funding Q&A at Innovate! and Celebrate, posing questions to notable tech minds from around the world. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is the Assistant Editor and Writer at Tech.Co. You can email him at conor@tech.co.

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