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First Destination Survey (2022-2023)

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Overview of Graduates


The results for the class of 2022-2023 presented in this report include students who were on the official graduation list and awarded a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (Oshkosh campus) during the 2022-2023 academic year; this includes fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023 graduates. In total, 1,566 graduates are included in this report.


Career Outcome Rate

Career outcome rate includes employed (full-time, part-time, entrepreneur, freelance, postgraduate fellowship, other), military service, volunteer service (e.g., Peace Corps, mission work), continuing education, and not seeking.


Overall Response Rate

Overall response rate is defined as the percentage of graduates reported or identified by UW Oshkosh for which a postgraduation outcome is known. It includes the sum of all the employment categories (i.e., full-time, part-time, entrepreneur, freelance, postgraduate fellowship, other), military service, volunteer service, continuing education, not seeking an outcome, and the number of students still seeking an outcome. Student Response Rate + Knowledge Rate = Overall Response Rate.

Average Annual Salary

76.7% of all graduates reported their salary.

Survey Results by College

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  • Working 84.7% 84.7%
  • Still Seeking 12.5% 12.5%
  • Continuing Education 2.1% 2.1%
  • Not Seeking .4% .4%
  • Volunteering .4% .4%




Career Outcome Rate


Average Annual Salary

Maggie Baiyewu

The biggest piece advice that inspired my journey was the phrase “it’s only crazy until it happens”. I have always heard phrases like “go for it” and “just do it” but for me the fear of pursuing the unknown always clouded those statements. Hearing the phrase “it’s only crazy until it happens” challenged me to pursue my dreams. It felt crazy to want to return to college for a different degree while I had a young child at home and was happily working as a nurse until I did it. Pursuing a business on top of those things while still working as a nurse and still enrolled in school also seemed crazy until I started to do it. I challenged myself to pursue the ideas and dreams that seemed crazy, and I quickly learned that once you start pursuing your dreams, they do not seem so crazy after all. So, my advice would be if you are thinking about pursuing your ideas, challenge yourself to remove any thoughts of “what if it fails?” and ask yourself “what if it doesn’t?” ​

Major: Liberal Studies (Leadership Development)​
First Destination Outcome: Entrepreneur/CEO

Select employers that hired College of Business graduates

Amcor, SECURA Insurance, Oshkosh Corporation, Oshkosh Defense, Pierce Manufacturing Inc, Plexus Corp., Deloitte, Baker Tilly, U.S. Bank, Schneider, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Jewelers Mutual, Northwestern Mutual, Miller Electric Mfg LLC, Menasha Corp

  • Working 61% 61%
  • Still Seeking 35% 35%
  • Continuing Education 3.9% 3.9%




Career Outcome Rate


Average Annual Salary

Emily Grober

My recommendation is to get involved right away on campus with clubs, organizations, even on campus jobs but also in your classes with your classmates and professors. ​Meeting with professors and asking questions will help with your journey. I came to Oshkosh knowing what I wanted to study but later I was pushed by professors who saw more in me than I did myself. Through his encouragement, additional classes and a high school placement I found this was my passion. I was also pushed by other professors to try a student teaching paid internship. I was very nervous and unsure of the additional workload and responsibilities, but I was encouraged to apply and secured a paid student teaching position for Kimberly Area School District. This position boosted my confidence and prepared me for when I have my own classroom. In this position I was a Titan Captain then an Intern. I was able to work with incoming students and families and provide them with information about campus. With all the positions on campus I walk away not only with all the professional skills I have gained, but the lifelong connections I have made with my supervisors and professional staff in the departments. Yes, the skills made me do the job better, but the meaningful conversations and reflections made me a better, well rounded, person I am today. ​

Major: Special Education​
First Destination Outcome: High School Special Education Teacher – Reedsville School District

Select employers that hired College of Education and Human Services graduates

Oshkosh Area School District, Appleton Area School District, Hortonville Area School District, Kimberly Area School District, Green Bay Area Public School District, Neenah School District, Menasha Joint School District, UW – Oshkosh, SSM Health, Monona Grove School District, Forward Service Corporation, Reedsville School District, Winneconne Community School District, Boys & Girls Club – Oshkosh, Kohl’s, Kwik Trip, Inc.

  • Employed 59.2% 59.2%
  • Still Seeking 23.3% 23.3%
  • Continuing Education 15% 15%
  • Not Seeking 1% 1%
  • Military .8% .8%
  • Volunteering 0.7% 0.7%




Career Outcome Rate


Average Annual Salary

Aubree Schmidt

My time and experiences at UW-Oshkosh have helped shape me into the person I am today. Prior to starting my undergraduate degree, I had no idea what I wanted to do for my professional career. I decided to take advantage of the internship program that UW-Oshkosh has to offer to try out potential career fields that I was interested in. I utilized the Career & Professional Development department to help edit my resume and attended mock interviews to prepare for potential internship interviews. I was fortunate to get an internship at SECURA Insurance as an Agency Training Intern. SECURA has a genuine workplace culture that wants you to succeed. They truly stand behind and support the career path you hope to take. This internship eased all worries I previously had and helped me come to the realization that I want to build a career in the insurance industry. Before my last semester of college, I was grateful to receive two different full-time offers in two different departments for post-graduation. Take advantage of every opportunity presented to you and work hard for what you want to achieve. Everything happens for a reason and will fall into place exactly how it should.

Major: Communication Studies​
First Destination Outcome: Commercial Lines Underwriting, SECURA Insurance

Anna Murphy-Pociask

As a transfer student to UW Oshkosh, I was looking to get involved in clubs, activities and events on campus right away. That is where I found PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) the club that I am currently president of. The public relations major has taught me to be detail-oriented, a strong writer, and to have a passion for events and relationship building. My current internship is at the Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau as a Marketing/PR intern. I help run the social media accounts, operate and attend events, and use customer service skills. ​

Some things that I recommend students take advantage of are attending events on campus, joining clubs, and applying for internships! I felt that I learned best by putting what I learned in school to the test. I gained confidence and a larger network of professionals by doing these things. Some words of wisdom I have for students is to be your unique self always because that will get you where you are supposed to be. ​

Major: Public Relations​
First Destination Outcome: Hotdogger Spokesperson – The Kraft Heinz Company

Tyler Speirs

Being a non-traditional student returning to education at age 29, I was filled with uncertainty that was overshadowed by only one thing, the confidence that I had to dive in and figure it out along the way. Pursuing medical school was not even in my thought process when I started at UWO, and even when I did make that decision 3yrs later, the Kinesiology department staff showed nothing but enthusiasm even though it ultimately meant that I would not make a career in that field. Both my faculty and pre-med advisors spared no effort to make sure that I had the best shot possible as I completed my time at UWO and navigated the admissions process.​

Academic performance is a significant factor for admissions to, and success in medical education and showing that you can perform in a wide variety of subjects is important, and you can never be too prepared. Be humble and show respect because you never know when that one interaction may change your life but do so most importantly because it’s the right thing to do. Seek out challenges, learn to find comfort with feeling uncomfortable and uncertain, be willing to be wrong and learn the value in it, and you will never stop improving. Find a tutor, go talk to your professor, look for alternative resources online, just do what you have to do to be your best. I worked as a medical scribe in an emergency department for 2yrs and those experiences along with the knowledge and wisdom from the physicians, and friendships I made had value that I cannot overstate for both the admissions process and providing the certainty I needed to know that this is where I belong. Be prepared to feel overwhelmed but have confidence in your ability to figure it out and endure the challenges ahead. It’s your life, so take charge and make it happen.​

Major: Kinesiology​
First Destination Outcome: Alabama College Doctor Osteopathic Medicine Student

Select employers that hired College of Letters and Science graduates

ThedaCare, Winnebago County, 4imprint Group Inc., Advocate Aurora Health, UW-Oshkosh, UW Health, Alliance Laundry Systems, Professional Services Group, YMCA, SSM Health, Ascension Medical Group, TRIO Academy, Wisconsin Early Autism Project

  • Employed 88.4% 88.4%
  • Still Seeking 9.3% 9.3%
  • Not Seeking 1.1% 1.1%
  • Continuing Education 0.4% 0.4%
  • Military 0.8% 0.8%




Career Outcome Rate


Average Annual Salary

Miguel Curiel

“The UWO College of Nursing (CON) instilled in me and others in the program the confidence needed to care for all in the spectrum of life from birth to death. You are built from the ground up, and the program leaves no room for ambiguity in what you need to know to be a confident and competent nurse. As Professor Smolinski told us, we are typically the only person to stand between the life and death of a patient, and this program ensures you darn well can take on that responsibility. For those at the beginning of the program, you may not know a lot at that moment, and you may feel scared for not knowing, but you will if you simply put in the time and effort outside and inside class, clinical, lab, and simulation.” ​

Major: Nursing​
First Destination Outcome: Neuro Intensive Care Registered Nurse, Froedtert Hospital

Select employers that hired College of Nursing graduates

Advocate Aurora Health, Ascension Medical Group, ThedaCare, UW Health, Froedtert Health, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, UnityPoint Health – Meriter, Aspirus, Inc., Mayo Clinic, Bellin Health, St Charles Health System, Marshfield Health System

What Are They Up To? 

  • Working 77% 77%
  • Continuing Education 11% 11%
  • Still Seeking 11% 11%
  • Military, Volunteering, and Not Seeking 1% 1%

Top 5 Wisconsin Counties

  1. Winnebago
  2. Outagamie
  3. Milwaukee
  4. Dane
  5. Brown

How They Secured Employment


64.4% of students utilized at least one Career & Professional Development resource during their time at UW Oshkosh


82.1% of students who utilized at least one Career & Professional Development resource secured an outcome prior to graduation

  • Job Posting/Online Search 25.6% 25.6%
  • Internship, Clinical, Student Teaching, Field Placement 18.5% 18.5%
  • Family/Friends 16.7% 16.7%
  • LinkedIn/Social Media 10.5% 10.5%
  • Current Employer/Promotion 10.0% 10.0%
  • Faculty/Staff 5.4% 5.4%
  • Career Fair 3.7% 3.7%
  • Handshake 2.3% 2.3%
  • Career & Professional Development 2.1% 2.1%
  • Other 5.5% 5.5%

The First Destination Survey is administered annually by University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Career & Professional Development using Handshake. The survey asks baccalaureate degree graduates to identify primary post-graduation outcome status. The survey content and procedures follow the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) standards.

Data was collected from baccalaureate degree candidates prior to graduation and through follow up e-mails sent to graduates 6 months after graduation. Graduates who had already completed the survey were invited to update their previous responses if their post-graduation status had changed. Outcome information was also collected from campus community members, telephone calls, and web research. It is important to note that not all respondents answered every question. It is also notable that only the primary outcome upon graduation is reported for each individual graduate, such as an individual working full-time while attending graduate school part-time is reported only once as either working or continuing education. Data was collected through December 31, 2023.

The results for the class of 2022-2023 presented in this report include students who were on the official graduation list and awarded a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh during the 2022-2023 academic year; this includes fall 2022, spring 2023, and summer 2023 graduates. In total, 1,566 graduates are included in this report.

Student Outcomes

First Destination Survey

Students graduating in fall 2023 or spring 2024 can now take the current First Destination Survey.


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Student Stories

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