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  • Kaplan University School Business and IT Alumni Weigh In on Career Outlook and Development in Today’s Workforce

    From top careers to resume advice, Kaplan University School of Business and Information Technology (IT) alumni have shared their thoughts on the job outlook for students and graduates.

    Findings from a new survey of alumni nationwide are featured in the updated "If I Were You" Student Advisory Report.

    This follow-up to a similar faculty survey conducted in 2013 explored a comparison of the current state of job prospects at that time, along with the importance for competency-based education and ways to track career progress.

    Some key findings from this latest alumni survey include:

    • Best career prospects for IT graduates: According to respondents, the most promising tech-based career prospects for IT graduates are in cybersecurity (63%), information security/forensics (33%), and mobile computing (30%).*  
    • Best job prospects for business graduates: Alumni identified finance (48%), management (24%), and accounting (22%) as the top three sectors for business careers.  
    • Careers where a master's degree is a “must”: The majority of alumni respondents indicated that a master’s degree can optimize career potential in accounting, financial planning and investment, and wealth management.
    • Assessing career growth: Alumni responded overwhelmingly that the top two ways to track career advancement are through leadership achievements (42%) and “rainmaker" success–i.e., the ability to bring in more business (40%).

    However, while business alumni noted “leadership achievements” as the leading indicator for career success, IT alumni respondents identified “professional certifications” as the main criteria to measure professional progress.

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    About the Respondents

    The total number of respondents comprised 76% business alumni and 24% IT alumni. 

    Gender and age demographic markers for the respondent group include 57% female to 43% male; 48% of respondents were under the age of 45.

    The average years of work experience for respondents in these job categories was as follows:

    Business Sector

    • Accounting: 1-2 years
    • Finance: 3-5 years
    • Wealth Management: 1-2 years
    • Management: 11+ years
    • Real Estate: 3-5 years
    • Risk Management/Insurance:  1-2 years
    • Human Resources: 1-2 years

    IT Sector

    • Application Development: 11+ years
    • Cybersecurity: 6-10 years
    • Information Security/Assurance: 3-5 years
    • Network Administration: 6-10 years

    *Based on the 2016 survey of 115 Kaplan University School of Business and IT alumni.

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