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Life After Metro

The Career Center is happy to support Metro State alumni in their Life After Metro! Whether you are going to continue your schooling, find a new job, or join the workforce for the first time, we are here for you.

We are pleased to announce that Metropolitan State University is participating in the National Alumni Career Mobility Survey. College student pathway data will provide US colleges and universities with insights about the career pathways of their graduates. We invite all alumni who graduated in the class year 2013 or 2018 to provide us with insights about your unique career path, so that we can continuously improve how we prepare upcoming graduates for their future.

Take the survey

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The Career Center is happy to support Alumni in their job search. Our job search and networking resources are available to you.

Join Metro State Connect – Like LinkedIn but exclusively for Metro State alumni and students

The power of “who you know” is a tried-and-true maxim. Alumni networks and relationships that support your personal and professional goals are your “social capital.” These relationships can be helpful in many facets of your life, not only in helping you achieve your career goals but also your family, education, and health goals.

Check out Metro State Connect: You too can join this community where helping fellow alumni as well as students be successful is a shared value. There are over 200 motivated alumni ready to talk with you. They are excited to share their experiences and insights. That’s why they joined Metro State Connect!

Alumni with a variety of academic backgrounds including Computer Graphics, Environmental Science, Healthcare Administration, Marketing, Political Science, Individualized Studies, Law Enforcement and Social Work have joined the community. All with the desire to give back to fellow Metro State alumni.

A graduate degree may be necessary for some occupations. For some fields, a graduate degree makes you more marketable and expands your career options. Explore if graduate school is the right fit for you.

Graduate school is a great option to continue your schooling and expand your career options. The Career Center has provided you with some general resources to help you evaluate if graduate school is the right option for you.

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Check out graduate programs at Metro State and at other Minnesota State schools

Graduate School resources

Personal statements

Graduate school applications typically require some type of personal statement or writing sample. The Writing Center is available to support current students and Metro State alumni in this process.

Access Research and Writing Help On Zoom or Research and Writing Help at the Desk for drop-in services. Bring your written documents. Research and Writing Help is available to students, alumni and community members.

For Current Students Only: Access appointment-based help for all your career writing needs through Tutoring and Testing Services.

Does my undergrad major limit my graduate school options?

While all graduate schools have a different application process, the common theme among graduate schools is that your undergraduate degree doesn't really matter. You will, however, need to be aware of prerequisite classes for the graduate degree.

Will I make more money if I complete a graduate degree?

We know that education pays. The higher your education goes, the higher your income goes and the lower your chances of unemployment become. This is not a guarantee. You are encouraged to research what opportunities exist for you with a graduate degree and what those wages may be.

Is graduate school expensive?

There is a cost associated with graduate school and in some cases, your employer may be able to help with the cost of the advanced degree. Check with your employer or research potential employers you might like to work for.

Managing your career is a life-long process. The Career Center will work with alumni throughout this process and welcomes you to participate in our events. At some point, you’ll have to change your Handshake log-in from your StarID to a personal email account. As a graduate, Handshake will remain an important center for your job search, where employers look to meet Metro State University students and alums. In Handshake, you’ll also always be able to register for our career info sessions where employers come on campus to meet you.

Where do our alumni go?

Each year, Metro State conducts a survey to compile employment statistics of past graduates. The data is broken down by major and program so you can get a better idea of what percentage of graduates go on to employment in their fields of study. See graduate statistics for more information.

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You are automatically an Alumni Association member if you are either a degree or certificate graduate of Metro State. Send our Alumni Office your email address to receive a monthly E-newsletter.

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Employment status of graduates, 2018-22

Percentage of graduates in related employment, 2018–22


  • Related Employment Full-time includes graduates who worked during the tracking period, and the graduate’s job was related to the program of study and was full-time.
  • Related Employment Part-time includes graduates who reported related employment but did not indicate the number of hours worked per week.
  • Unavailability for Employment includes graduates who chose not to seek work, were unable to work, or were international students who returned to their homelands.
  • Status Unknown includes graduates who could not be located or did not respond to requests for information.

  • Continuing Education can include some graduates who also reported employment but indicated that continuing education was their preferred classification.
  • Unrelated Employment Seeking Related includes graduates who worked during the tracking period, and the graduate’s job was unrelated to the program of study and the graduate was seeking a related job.
  • Unrelated Employment Not Seeking Related includes graduates who worked during the tracking period, and the graduate’s job was unrelated to the program of study and the graduate was not seeking a related job.

  • Available for Work but Unemployed includes graduates who did not work or pursue further education during the tracking period and were seeking work.
  • Unavailable for Employment includes graduates who did not work, did not pursue further education during the tracking period, and were not seeking work. This includes graduates who are deceased, were unable to work because of a medical condition or incarceration, or are individuals from other countries who returned home.

Note: Categories of employment can include some graduates who also reported continuing education but indicated that employment was their preferred classification.