Graduate Destination Survey

About the Graduation Destination Survey

The Graduate Destination Survey aims to bring information on our graduate’s experience at the university, post-graduation employment patterns, further study destinations, volunteer work and other activities they are involved in.

The survey allows us to listen to our alumni, after all, they are experts on their experiences. We gather the information to better our services and learn how to better support them through their journey at the university. The insights gathered are shared with higher education community so that students pursuing a degree with us can benefit from it.

The survey also helps gain information on the types and location of employment, salary ranges and further study opportunities our graduates may take up post their qualifications. This information is gathered to inform future students and help them choose their academic path.

Why you should take this survey? Well, simply because by sharing your experience you are not just helping the university, you are helping other students who are at the threshold of building a career path for themselves. Your inputs in the survey can help your alma mater improve their services and programmes to prepare the students for the world outside. Your journey after graduation can guide future students towards a career of their interest.

In the Graduate Destination Survey Summary Report, you will find a condensed report drawn from the responses of participants in the annual survey each year.

Are you a recent graduate?

Irrespective of where you have found yourself after graduating, your feedback is important to us. Check your email inbox, complete the Graduate Destinations Survey and go in the draw to win cash prizes.

Started in 2017, GDS also provides feedback on graduates’ overall
University experience.

The survey is used to benchmark with surveys conducted in New
Zealand and internationally - in particular, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Summary of the 2017 results

Frequently Asked Questions

1.    I graduated in 2018, but I haven’t received an email

We are looking for everyone (except Ph.D. graduates) who finished their studies at the University of Auckland in 2018 and 2019 before March. If you finished your study in 2017, but your graduation ceremony was held in 2018, then you won’t be invited to this survey.

  • Is the invitation in your SPAM folder?
  • We used the email address that registered at the Alumni Office.  Check here to verify your email address.

Not found a solution? Please send an email to gds@auckland.ac.nz

2.   I’m a PhD graduate, will I receive the survey?

Not this time. The School of Graduate Studies will contact you at some point for a similar purpose.

3. Why is the University of Auckland conducting a Graduate Destination Survey?

We want to understand what our graduates are doing after their studies. This information will be used to help future students better understand where their study can take them.

4. What are you going to do with the information I have given in the survey?

We are going to analyse the data to better understand what our graduates do when they leave the University. This will help future students choose the best programme to achieve what they want to achieve, by giving them information on what they can expect after they graduate.

5. I started my survey, but I forgot about it and I closed the window by accident, what do I do now?

If you go to your email and click on your link again, the survey will open at the point where you left it. You can finalise the survey after this.

6. What happens if there is a question that I don’t want to answer?  Or I don’t submit the survey?

We encourage you to answer all the questions to give us a complete picture of how you are doing. Your answers will be confidential and can’t be traced back to you in our analysis.  Only the completed survey is eligible for the prize draw.

7. I see questions about work, but I am not working.

The survey consists of three different sections: Work, Further Study, and General University Experience. Based on your answers in the first question, you will be prompted to the next question. You can’t go back to the first question to change your answer, but if you go back to the beginning of the Work section, you can indicate that you are not working and would like to skip this section.

8. I need to answer questions about work, but I haven’t started my job yet.

Please answer the questions with your new job in mind, as if you have already started there.

9. I see questions about further study, but I am not studying.

The survey consists of three different sections: Work, Further Study, and General University Experience. Based on your answers in the first question, you will be prompted to the work and/or study section. You can’t go back to the first question to change your answer, but you can indicate you are not studying or would like to skip the section at the beginning of the Further Study questionnaire.

10. Do I get a personalised report, based on my own answers?

We won’t provide personalised reports, but a summary report will be published at www.alumni.auckland.ac.nz/gds

There is also an option of submitting a request for a report with general findings towards the end of the survey.

11. Can I use the travel vouchers for travel outside of New Zealand?

The travel vouchers can be used from almost every country across the globe. Even if you are not in New Zealand, you can still enjoy your voucher to discover new places (or come back for a visit).   

Visit https://www.orbit.co.nz/ for more information.