2015 Student Advisory Report
Insights to Land Top Careers
Faculty at Kaplan University School of Business and Information Technology Assess Jobs Outlook and Career Progress in Today’s Workforce
Kaplan University School Business and IT Faculty 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) faculty are sharing their thoughts on the job outlook for students and graduates.
Findings from a new survey of faculty 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 to that of 2 years ago, along with the importance for competency-based education and ways to track career progress.
Some key findings from this year's faculty survey include:
- Best career prospects for IT graduates: According to faculty members, job opportunities for IT graduates in the tech sector are greatest in the realm of cybersecurity (58%). Information security/forensics (40%) came in second and mobile computing (11%) was a distant third among a list of 18 choices.
For industries outside of the tech sector, respondents overwhelmingly identified health care (75%) as the top industry for IT job prospects, followed by science/biotechnology (30%) and government (23%).
- Best job prospects for business graduates: Faculty once again placed jobs in finance (37%), accounting (30%) and marketing (29%) at the top of a list of 11 occupations.
- Master's degrees can help grads get ahead: Obtaining a college degree is an important first step for employment in today's workforce. But an advanced degree could further improve the chances of landing a job, based on the career discipline. According to respondents, a master's degree is required to reach the highest levels in the disciplines of accounting, financial planning, investment and wealth management, and IT.
- Benchmarking career growth: Across the board, the top three ways to track career advancement were relatively equal: leadership achievements (39%), "rainmaker"/business generation success (37%), and professional certifications (36%). However, when the responses were broken down by faculty disciplines, the top benchmarking methods were identified as: leadership achievements (45%) for business graduates and professional certifications (42%) for IT graduates.
About the Respondents
Who are the faculty who contributed to the report?
- More than 470 faculty members from the business and IT programs were polled for the survey. The response rate was more than 22%.
- The total number of respondents comprised 66% business faculty and 34% IT faculty.
- 88% of all respondents have been employed as a Kaplan University faculty member for 5 years or longer.
- 35% of business and IT faculty members have more than 3 years of experience in the workforce (outside of academia).
Advice and Insight
The survey also asked the faculty to give their best advice for students preparing to enter the workforce, as well as an interesting take on certain business or IT occupations, and what their sports profession counterparts would be.
Top words/phrases to avoid on a resume:
|For business candidates:
|| For IT candidates:
Words of Wisdom
The section below shares some valuable words of advice from faculty to help students stand out from the crowd.
- Always strive to learn more about your chosen career. Stay connected and educated.
- Stay current on key areas in your field and seek opportunities to network.
- Engage in lifelong learning so you remain competitive and on top of new advances.
- Get as much experience as you can, no matter how small the task.
- Build in flexibility in your career. You never know when the business will change.
- Get a degree that offers flexibility in your career. Your degree should allow you to work at different organizations and institutions in various capacities.
- Be flexible and change with the needs of the market.
- Learn another language and become comfortable communicating with a very diverse group of people.
- Have the ability to work well with individuals from all over the world and from a variety of socioeconomic circumstances.
- Be prepared to work on projects outside the scope of your education.
- Thoroughly develop your communication and writing skills; without them, you will not be able to progress and develop.
- Build relationships, be genuine, and communicate.
- Become adept at relationship management and listen first. Then use your critical thinking skills to share ideas.
- Learn to think, speak, and write logically and effectively.
- Develop a special skill that makes you a "go-to" person and sets you apart from the competition.
- Network and work hard. No excuses.
- Develop your "brand" through professional use of social media.