Each spring, the MLIS program conducts a survey to explore and quantify the post-graduate experiences of our recent alumni. Specifically, we ask recent grads about their current place of employment, type of industry, and geographic location, as well as the skills they saw as most valuable for their current and future positions. In May 2017, the MLIS Program surveyed alumni who graduated during the 2015-2016 academic year. The survey had an impressive 55% response rate.
What are our grads up to?
Our survey indicates that once again iSchool graduates are excelling at landing jobs. 83% of respondents indicated that they secured or are continuing employment, (full or part-time), within one year of graduation. Once again, academia has taken the lead as the largest employment sector and the government has fallen to second place. Many graduates have also found jobs in archives and public libraries.
Reflecting the diverse nature of information services, graduates are employed in a wide-rage of settings, including:
- Governmental Institutions: Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, NASA Goddard Library, National Library of Medicine, Naval History and Heritage Command
- Colleges/Universities: Yale University, University of Maryland, University of the District of Columbia, University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign, Northern State University
- Public Libraries: Baltimore County Public Libraries, Frederick County Public Libraries, Boca Raton Public Library, Harford County Public Library
- Technology: Computercraft Corporation
- School Libraries: DC Public Schools, Washington Christian Academy
- Non-profit organizations: American Institute of Physics, Better Markets Inc., OCLC, The Council on Library and Information Resources
- Corporate organizations: Disney Consumer Products & Interactive Media
85% of respondents indicated satisfaction with the level of preparation for their careers they received during their graduate study, an increase from last year. As part of our ongoing effort to respond to the needs of our students, employers, and the information field, we also asked our recent grads what skills they would have liked to explore further and what sorts of courses/programming they would have considered useful during their studies. From these responses, we will consider ways to further incorporate marketing, finance, and programming skills into the curriculum and programming.