“It was always my dream to work at General Mills, so it is so exciting to be working there right out of college. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and I hope to stay with the company as I grow my career,” Sisk said.
Sisk is part of UW-Stout’s 97.8% — the percentage of the nearly 2,000 graduates from August 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 who found full-time jobs or continued their education soon after graduating.
A new annual employment report by the university’s Career Services found that, despite the COVID-19 pandemic, UW-Stout graduates remained in demand. The employment rate was down only slightly from 98.8% the previous year.
The U.S. unemployment rate hit a record 14.7% in April 2020 and still was 6.7% at the end of the year.
About two-thirds of the 2019-20 graduates are from May 2020, when the pandemic’s full impact was being felt.
“It is strong evidence that our graduates, despite the pandemic, entered the workplace possessing a high level of career-readiness skills, earned through applied learning experiences, and continue to be an essential talent pool for many business and employer partners,” said Bryan Barts, director of Career Services, which produces the report.
Of UW-Stout’s 46 undergraduate programs, 30 had graduate employment rates of 100%.
Graduates were hired in 35 states. Nearly half, 48%, are working in Wisconsin while 81% found work either in Wisconsin, Minnesota or Illinois.
Numbers that rose in this year’s report included:
- The average starting salary of graduates, from $48,000 to $49,000. Five years ago it was $42,500.
- Graduates who found work in their career field, 86%, which was up from 83% the year before.
The 97.8% figure includes 6.1% of graduates who are continuing their education or working in a service field.
Hired by Fortune 500 companies
Sisk is one of many 2019-20 UW-Stout graduates hired by a major corporation.
Graduates landed jobs at 50 companies listed in the Fortune 500, including Activision, Boston Scientific, Caterpillar, 3M, Hewlett-Packard, Hormel, Hilton Worldwide and IBM.
Sisk creates and manages specifications for dairy ingredients used in General Mills products. The specifications outline ingredient requirements, such as nutrition and various properties.