The First Destination Survey is very brief (three to five minute) instrument which is emailed to all graduating students approximately four weeks prior to the end of classes every quarter. The results tells us what UCLA students are doing or what they plan to be doing when they graduate. The information collected relates to graduate school, career plans, salary and qualitative information pertaining to learning outcomes and students' preparation for life after UCLA.
Although there are several other efforts within the UCLA campus to ascertain the post-graduation plans of certain populations, this is the only effort focused on reporting the actual post-graduation status of all UCLA undergraduates, sent to all graduating students at the end of each quarter. We ask graduating students to share with us whether their career or graduate school plans are firmly in place, a work-in-progress, or still a mystery. Regardless, we ask them to just complete the survey as best they can so we know what exactly it is that Bruins are doing the day they graduate.
The responses we collect and present help future Bruins prepare for their career and post-graduation goals. The UCLA Career Center's First Destination Survey (FDS) provides comprehensive and reliable data which can be used to accurately inform and shape career expectations of current undergraduates, new alumni, and prospective students. Equally important, the FDS facilitates UCLA compliance with the outcomes data requirements of the Higher Education Opportunities Act. It also provides accurate post-graduation outcomes information to the UCLA community at large (administrators, academic departments, etc.), parents, employers and hiring organizations, and they help fulfill local, national, and international Media requests.