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 March/April 2016, the MLIS Program surveyed alumni who graduated during the 2014-2015 academic year. The survey had a 48% response rate, which in “surveyland” is phenomenal. Below are some key findings from the survey, including a helpful infographic.
What are our grads up to?
Our survey indicates that once again iSchool graduates are excelling at landing jobs. 90% were employed within the first year after graduation. Government replaced academia/higher education as the largest employment sector/industry. Academia/higher education, now in second place, is followed by public libraries and then archives.
Reflecting the diverse nature of information services, graduates are employed in a wide-rage of settings, including:
- Governmental Institutions: National Park Service, Department of Justice, Smithsonian Institution, Maryland State Department of Education, National Institutes of Health
- Colleges/Universities: Rutgers University, George Mason University, Salisbury University, North Carolina State University, University of Maryland
- Public Libraries: Enoch Pratt Free Libraries, Frederick County, Baltimore County Public Libraries, Harford County Public Libraries
- Technology: VMware, Wi-Tronix LLC, ProQuest
Across all industries, respondents stated that the most valuable skills for their positions are (in order): communication, interpersonal skills—including collaboration and team work, technical skills, initiative, and critical thinking. In other words, we continue to see the values discussed throughout our “Re-Envisioning the MLS” initiatives to be reflected in hiring practices and the field at large.
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.
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