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UCLA among LinkedIn’s list of top schools for career prospects

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Number-crunching by a leading social media-professional networking site has helped to demonstrate the value of a UCLA education.

For its inaugural university rankings, LinkedIn reviewed career outcome information sourced from its more than 313 million members to identify “top companies” where people of various professions work. The social media site then determined where users in those careers went to school, and ranked those institutions based on the percentage of alumni who work at those companies.

Among American institutions, UCLA is among the leaders in four professional categories identified by LinkedIn. In software development, UCLA took 11th place and in software development at start-ups UCLA placed 12th. UCLA was also listed in the categories of design (20) and media (25).

These findings reinforce how critical career development is for all students, said Brian Guerrero, deputy director of the UCLA Student Affairs Administration, and associate director of employer relations at the UCLA Career Center.

“UCLA has a strong culture of promoting community service and encouraging students to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities such as career focused internships, which only help enhance the competitiveness of our students in the professional world,” Guerrero said. “Additionally, students regularly attend various Career Center services, such as career preparation meet-ups, workshops, industry showcases, panel discussions and networking nights in order to better position themselves when navigating the complex job search. We also have a robust employer base that is eager to connect with UCLA talent at various levels, both undergraduate and graduate, and we have a very strong alumni network that is continuously seeking to mentor, and ultimately hire Bruins.”

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