Graduation Lookbook

As our seniors start counting down the days until graduation, the first question people bring up is: What are your plans after college? Below are some of the responses you might hear!

1. Job

A large percent of our graduating classes go on to land a job within six of months of graduation. And according to statistics by Illini Success, the average salary for full-time employed graduates was around $60,000 in 2018. Many of our recruiting events and career fairs help students land prestigious jobs and positions around the country upon graduation.

2. Internship

In today’s economy, it may be hard to land a good job right away. So, many of our students sign internship positions at top companies to gain more experience, which may eventually lead to full-time jobs! This is a great time to learn more about your field and get a taste of what a working adult life is like.

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Career Fair Spring 2019

3. Grad School

A lot of students go on to graduate school to pursue higher studies. In fact, Illinois offers countless masters and PhD programs on campus. From business to health professions, Illinois has a lot to offer and can provide the necessary resources for you to find the right program for you after graduating.

4. Gap Year

Gap years, in my opinion, are becoming less trivial as the years go by. Many of my friends are graduating this year, but plan to take a year to travel or strengthen their resume or application before applying for jobs and graduate school programs. For some people, this is a good opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and take a little extra time to map out the next few years. Planning your future is a daunting task, so never feel discouraged about taking an extra year to truly figure out what you want to do next.

As you can tell, there are so many options to choose from post-graduation! Illinois has all the resources you need to find what’s right for you. Visit our career center to get more information!

Students talk to recruiters at Spring 2019 Career Fair



Class of 2020
I'm majoring in Psychology, minoring in Spanish, and pursuing a pre-dental track. It seems like I’m all over the place, but that’s what I like about college! I get to choose to study what I’m interested in, and I’m happy to be doing just that at Illinois.

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