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Our graduates are going places.

After VCU

A college education is one of the most valuable investments you can make.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people aged 25+ with a bachelor’s degree have median weekly earnings of $1,248 versus $746 with only a high school degree.

And a Virginia Commonwealth University education? It gives you a head start at putting your passions to work and loading up your resume long before you graduate. 

Where will a VCU degree take you?

Six months after graduating, here’s how VCU alumni are doing*:

74 percent of graduates were employed or enrolled in graduate school 
86 percent of graduates found jobs related to their major
81 percent of graduates had one or more co-curricular experiences; 28 percent of these led to an employment offer
87 percent of employed graduates were satisfied or very satisfied with their post-graduation employment

*Results from survey of undergraduates who graduated in May 2019

Top 5 employment sectors

Health care
Government
Higher education
Retail
Nonprofit - Other

Career launchpad

Finding a job is stressful. Let Career Services be your secret weapon. Personal advisers help students search for jobs and internships, develop their resumes, practice for interviews, develop grad school admissions essays and more. For free. And the help doesn’t stop when you graduate — many services are available to alumni, too.

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Quick Facts

36,265 opportunities posted in VCU’s job and internship database in 2020

40+ alumni chapters 

205,456 alumni 

One year out

What are some of our students doing a year after they graduate? Oh, you know, nothing much; just getting paid to do what they love. And making the world a better place in the process. 

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Careers in Design

Michael Walker (B.A. '16)

Visual digital designer, Mercer

Michael, a graphic design major and Honors College student, was able to spend a semester at VCU’s campus in Qatar, where he interned at an advertising agency. Studying abroad gave him the courage to chase his dreams and move to New York after graduating, where he quickly got a job doing user interface and user experience design at Mercer, the world’s largest human resources consulting firm.

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Careers in Health care

Indira Miller (B.S. '17)

Registered nursing assistant, VCU Health

While she was completing her bachelor’s in nursing, Indira — a two-time recipient of the Whitehead Scholarship and the MCV Hospitals Auxiliary Nursing Scholarship — had the chance to work with patients and even go on a ride-along with VCU LifeEvac. These experiences helped prepare her for her current job, where she works with critically injured patients in the VCU Medical Center’s Surgical Trauma ICU.

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Careers in Sustainability

Kaitlin Savage (B.S. '17)

Renewable energy consultant, Virginia Solar

A double-major in environmental studies and urban and regional planning, Kaitlin worked closely with faculty mentors while studying urban heat islands and learning how to use spatial analysis tools. Her interdisciplinary approach paid off, landing her an internship at Virginia Solar that led to a full-time position. Since graduating, she’s also started a consulting firm called Sol Vis LLC.

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Careers in the Arts

Levester Williams (M.F.A. '16)

Fulbright Scholar

After completing his M.F.A. with a concentration in sculpture and extended media, Levester worked with VCU’s National Scholarship Office to apply for a Fulbright research grant that allowed him to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa. There he used found objects to create sculptures, installations and works on paper that reflect the contemporary urban experience and the transformation of Johannesburg into a post-apartheid city.

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Careers in Nonprofits

Pamela Gonzalez (B.A. '16)

Administrative assistant to the executive director, Latin Ballet of Virginia

While double-majoring in Spanish and international studies with a concentration in social justice, Pamela also took on leadership roles for two student organizations. The skills she learned have helped her with the community development side of her job with the Latin Ballet, where she helps with calendar planning, marketing, collaborating with local businesses and translating the website into Spanish.

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Careers in Science

Ellen Korcovelos (B.S. '16)

Fulbright Scholar

Ellen, a bioinformatics major and computer science minor, focused her studies on dementia. During her senior year, she worked with VCU’s National Scholarship Office and a faculty mentor to apply for a Fulbright research grant that allowed her to travel to Toronto after graduation. She worked with a renowned researcher there on developing a computer algorithm that identifies speech irregularities in dementia patients.


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VCU’s alumni network is more than 200,000 strong and it spans the globe. Make it work for you.

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As I went on residency interviews and met candidates from other schools, I realized how lucky I am to be at a school that supports all of my interests.

Suzanne Giunta, M.D., 2016

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